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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 Named one of 2021’s Best Performing Cities by Milken Institute

Raleigh has landed in the top 5 Best Performing Cities for 2021, as ranked by the Milken Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank. Concentration of high-tech industries, education and housing affordability top the list of Raleigh’s accolades.  According to the recently-publ… Read more >

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State of Life Sciences - Wake County Poised to Capitalize on Industry Growth

By Albert Alwang, Economic Development Manager, Wake County Economic Development Wake County Economic Development (WCED) kicked off 2021 with a panel on Life Science. The panel included representatives from the North Carolina Biotech Center, Lincoln Harris, and Deloitte Consulting, and can … Read more >

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A Message from Adrienne Cole and Michael Haley

Michael Haley, Executive Director of Wake County Economic Development, joined Adrienne Cole, President of the Raleigh Chamber, for her weekly message to discuss PennyMac’s recent announcement.  PennyMac will bring more than 300 jobs to the town of Cary with an investment of $4.… Read more >

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Workforce, Unemployment, and Recovery in 2021

Guest Blog Written by: Michael Hogan RTI International, Center for Applied Economics and Strategy In the winter and spring of 2020, Wake County Economic Development, together with the Raleigh Chamber, City of Raleigh, and Capital Area Workforce Development Board launched the … Read more >

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Business Facilities names North Carolina 2020 State of the Year

The national publication serving corporate site selectors and economic development professionals recognizes North Carolina’s success in winning projects that create capital investments and new jobs. This is the first time North Carolina has taken the top spot. In Business Facilities (… Read more >

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Raleigh Region positioned to thrive in a post-pandemic world

By: Michael Haley, Executive Director, Wake County Economic Development. Which metro economies are best positioned to survive and thrive in a post-pandemic world? Adam Kamins, Director of Economic Economic Research at Moody’s analytics recently posed this question in an article f… Read more >

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How Innovate Raleigh is Advancing Entrepreneurship and Equitable Economic Development

Bridget Harrington is the Executive Director at Innovate Raleigh, which works closely with Wake County Economic Development to keep equitable economic development top of mind, and help local businesses succeed. We caught up with Bridget to learn about the resources available to entrepreneurs… Read more >

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“Wish You Were Here” Encourages Tourism’s Recovery

Guest author by: Jonathan Freeze, Director of Marketing and CommunicationsGreater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau In Aug. 2020, the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) launched an initial recovery plan for area tourism, whose industries have been in crisis since No… Read more >

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5 Reasons Why Wake County is Well-Positioned to Attract Talent

Guest Blog Written by: Development Counsellors International When the coronavirus began to rapidly spread in March of 2020, many pressed pause on talent attraction efforts under the assumption that most people would rather stay put during such uncertain times than switch careers, move acr… Read more >

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Employers Should Consider These Three Things When Attracting Top Talent Mid-Pandemic

Guest Blog Written by: Development Counsellors International There is no question that the talent landscape looks a bit different than it did pre-pandemic. The coronavirus has forced talent to consider what is most important to them both professionally and personally, and the better emplo… Read more >