While the rest of the nation is slowly awakening from its economic slumber, Wake County is one of 14 major markets, out of 102, that now has more jobs than it did prerecession. The combined announcements of MetLife and Ipreo Holdings will bring 1,450 jobs to Wake County, solidifying that the Greater Raleigh area is a top location for companies to relocate and expand.
During the first three and a half months of 2013, Wake County had 33 new projects, which could account for more than 12,500 jobs and $980 million in investment. Our project visits, which are true indicators that a company is serious about making a location decision, have picked up tremendously, totaling 21 visits since January 1. In addition, Wake County had 21 new and expanding announcements, bringing more than 2,000 new jobs and over $119 million in investment.
With these great indicators, one may ask, what’s next for Wake County? We invite you to join us for the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Economic Development Forum, May 16th, which will showcase the growing attraction to Wake County and the Triangle as major centers for business. Join us to hear key leaders' insights on Wake County's targeted cluster industries, successes and prospects for the future.
North Carolina State Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker will share remarks on her priorities and initiatives to grow jobs and the economy. Vern Davenport, chairman and CEO of M*Modal, will discuss the company's decision to relocate to Raleigh along with the landscape, trends, and opportunities in the Healthcare IT/Delivery cluster in Wake County. Jeff Eckard, senior director atNetApp, will speak about the decision to expand and what's to come for Big Data/Analytics in Wake County. Doane Kelly, CEO ofKLG Advisors, will provide a national perspective on what makes Wake County an attractive area, MetLife's recent announcement, and our Financial/Shared Services sector.
As you can see, this will be a dynamic group providing information and insight that you can’t afford to miss. Wake County is on the move and we want you to be engaged and informed every step of the way. For more information on attending please click here. We look forward to seeing you there!