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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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“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 >

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Q&A with Danya Perry: Exploring Equitable Economic Development

Wake County Economic Development launched its equitable economic development program in January 2018, after leaders throughout Wake County started looking at projects on a map and identified a huge concentration of projects in some areas, and not in others. The program was created to help en… Read more >

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Q&A with Michael Haley: Building an Equitable, Inclusive Future for Wake County

There is no one-sized-fits all approach to equitable economic development. Rather, it needs to be reflective of the community, supported by the community and a part of the community. That’s the perspective of Michael Haley, Executive Director of Wake County Economic Development and Sen… Read more >

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Building the Region’s Workforce

Guest Writer: Brenda Wilkerson, Communications ManagerCapital Area Workforce Development Board The region’s reputation for having an outstanding workforce is no secret. Workforce development’s job is to help people gain skills that businesses say they need then connect them to e… Read more >

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Natrx: A Case Study in Building an Early Talent Pipeline

Guest Writers: Leonard Nelson & Anya Warren, Natrx and Anne Jones & Dan Gonzalez, District C The economy is changing. The most innovative and nimble businesses will be the most competitive businesses. As a result, companies of all kinds and sizes are looking for talent that can do m… Read more >

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2020 DEI Conference Recap Blog

Guest Writer: Kristina Brunelle, Head of Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at RTI International Activating the Triangle. That was this year’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Conference’s theme, and the Raleigh Chamber and Triangle DEI Alliance certainly delivered it. Ne… Read more >

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Study Shows How COVID-19 Will Affect Employee Benefits in 2021

Guest Writer: Pat Wilkins, Vice President, Community Relations, GallagherInsurance | Risk Management | Consulting For nearly a decade employers consistently increased employee benefits and compensation to win the war for talent, but a new study from Gallagher suggests 2021 benefits and the … Read more >

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Site Consultant Survey - Raleigh is Prime for Corporate Relocation

By: Kathleen Henry, Economic Development Director Since the beginning of the pandemic in March, our business recruitment and expansion team has been closely monitoring activity in the market and trends in economic development across the United States. An area of focus for our team has bee… Read more >