Talent & Workforce

Regional Workforce Skills Analysis

Wake County Economic Development, the City of Raleigh, and Capital Area Workforce Development Board are partnering to survey our industry in 15 counties to raise awareness and identify the areas of highest growth and skills needs in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina.  

Talent Workforce County Map

The survey is comprehensive and applies to a wide range of industry sectors such as:

  • Construction and skilled trades
  • Life sciences and bioscience
  • Healthcare and social assistance
  • IT, software, and analytics
  • Energy, utilities, and clean tech
  • Logistics, transportation, and warehousing
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional and technical services
  • Public sector and education
  • Restaurant, hospitality services, and/or tourism   

In partnership with RTI, who is conducting the survey, the goal will be to collect information used to inform our workforce ecosystem partners in the following ways:

  • Understand both short and long-term hiring needs
  • Inform training and education providers of the current workforce needs
  • Provide current workforce information for policy makers in workforce, education, and economic development
  • Develop an effective cradle-to-career talent pipeline
  • Create an efficient structure for ongoing industry feedback

To download your copy of the presentation from Triangle Talent: Understanding the Skills Gap, click here. The presentation was result of a partnership between RTI International, Wake County Economic Development, the City of Raleigh, and Capital Area Workforce Development Board. 



  • Capital Area Workforce Development Board
  • City of Raleigh
  • Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
  • Raleigh-Wake HR Management Association
  • RTI, International 
  • Wake County Economic Development

Construction & Skilled Trades:

  • Associated Builders & Contractors  
  • Associated General Contractors
  • Construction Managers Association of America
  • Durham, Orange, Chatham Home Builders Association
  • Wake Home Builders Association

Life Sciences:

  • NC Bio
  • NC Biotech Center

Healthcare & Social Assistance

  • NC Healthcare Engineer's Association
  • North Carolina Healthcare and Communications Alliance
  • North Carolina Hospital Association 
  • Wake Network of Care

IT, Software & Analytics:

  • NCTA

Energy, Utilities & Cleantech:

  • Duke Energy
  • RTCC


  • NCSU Additive Manufacturing and Logistics


  • NC State Industry Expansion Solutions/NC Manufacturing Extension Partnership
  • NC Chamber

Public Sector, Education & Nonprofit:



  • Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • NC Restaurant and Lodging Association


  • NC State University
  • Wake County Public School System
  • Wake Tech Community College


  • Apex Economic Development
  • Cary Economic Development
  • Chatham County Economic Development
  • Durham Economic Development
  • Franklin County Economic Development
  • Fuquay Varina
  • Garner Economic Development
  • Harnett County Economic Development
  • Holly Springs
  • Johnston County Economic Development
  • Lee County Economic Development
  • Morrisville Chamber of Commerce
  • Person County Economic Development 
  • Research Triangle Park Foundation
  • Research Triangle Regional Partnership
  • Wake Forest Economic Development
  • Wilson County Economic Development Corporation