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WCED Blog

Our blog discusses everything from economic trends in the area to the assets that make our community so great. If you want a more in-depth look into our community, here's where to find it. 

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Raleigh Metro Remains Competitive Against Peer Cities

By Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner of Economic Leadership LLC The past 18 months have tested the strength and resilience of our regional economy, and I know that is an understatement. Disruption has been the watchword and accelerated change has permeated almost every aspect of our business … Read more >

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Speak Up, Take Action: 2021 DEI Conference Recap

This year’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity Conference, in partnership with Bank of America, took place virtually over a two-day period and attracted over 800 attendees. The conference theme for this year was ‘Speak Up, Take Action’ and our speakers took this to heart … Read more >

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Recent Rankings demonstrate Wake County’s economic development strength

By Michael Haley, WCED Executive Director  Data and analysis are critical to our economic development efforts. For instance, each year Wake County Economic Development commissions a third party, independent study that contrasts the Raleigh metro with the top 100 largest metros around t… Read more >

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Low score wins for the Triangle — Urban Mobility Report

By Joe Milazzo II, PEExecutive Director, Regional Transportation Alliance The Texas A&M Transportation Institute recently released their annual “Urban Mobility Report.” Our region has tended to rank well in this report, which analyzes travel time and traffic delay… Read more >

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Podcast: The Ways to Make Your Place a Great Place to Live, Work & Play | Ashley Cagle, Wake County Economic Development

After being named one of North America's Top 50 Economic Developers, Ashley Cagle shared her insight with Consultant Connect's American's Jobs Team podcast. Listen here. Read more >

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Take the 2021 Business Pulse Survey

Take the survey. As Coronavirus Pandemic restrictions begin to lift and vaccination rates rise throughout North Carolina, our region is entering into a new phase of economic recovery. However, there are still critical questions regarding the short, and medium term, impacts the pandemic has … Read more >

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A Conversation with Adrienne Cole, Michael Haley and Scott Levitan

Raleigh Chamber CEO Adrienne Cole shares insight into Apple’s decision to open a campus in the Research Triangle Region. She interviews Scott Levitan of the Research Triangle Foundation and Michael Haley of Wake County Economic Development about the recent announcement. Scott shares … Read more >

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On the Record: Insiders discuss what it took to get Apple to come to NC

Ashely Cagle, Assistant Executive Director of Wake County of Economic Development participates in a panel about the recent Apple announcement.  Read more >

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Workforce Boards Highlight their Value in the Pandemic

The Capital Area Workforce Development Board (CAWDB) and Durham Workforce Development Board (DWDB) are the primary organizations responsible for workforce programming in the Triangle region, coordinating and providing services to businesses, adult job seekers, dislocated workers, youth, just… Read more >

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Interview with Adrienne, Michael and Ashley: Recent Project Announcements

Adrienne Cole, President & CEO of the Raleigh Chamber interviews Michael Haley and Ashley Cagle as they discuss recent announcements from Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies and Google. The trio explores the power of collaboration, the impact and benefit of the announcements, and the sha… Read more >