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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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Welcome, Torri Staton, PhD — Director of Equitable Economic Development

We are excited to welcome Torri Staton, PhD to our team. Torri will serve as the Director of Equitable Economic Development, as well as the Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. Torri leads and oversees WCED’s equity and inclusion eff… Read more >

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Pendo’s Grand Opening Another Signal of Downtown Raleigh’s Recovery & Vibrancy

As local tech startup Pendo nears 1,000 employees worldwide, we are excited they will continue to call downtown Raleigh “home.” Pendo’s headquarters now occupies the top five floors of the newly-constructed Raleigh Crossing, a transformative 1.86-acre mixed-use development … Read more >

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The new and improved Work In The Triangle website is live!

When we first launched Work In The Triangle in 2012, we knew that the Triangle was an emerging spot for top talent across the workforce. Our population was growing year over year and Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and the surrounding areas were topping lifestyle lists left and right. We kne… Read more >

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Podcast: Imagine Wake Interview with Michael Haley

In this episode, Paul Kane talks to Michael Haley with Wake County Economic Development. Michael and his team are responsible for putting together the statistical data used by Imagine Wake to set the stage for the discussion on growth. Michael shares his observations on Wake County growth an… Read more >

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Podcast: Chamber Chat with Adrienne Cole

President & CEO of the Raleigh Chamber Adrienne Cole was a recent guest of the Chamber Chat podcast. During her episode, she discussed Wake County's approach to economic development and how chambers thrive on regionalism and collaboration. “We really, really believe that we&rsqu… Read more >

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Podcast: Dirt NC Interview with Kathleen Henry

Kathleen Henry, WCED economic development director, sat down the Dirt NC podcast for a deep dive all about what the economic development process looks like, the current state of economic development in Wake County, and what site selectors look for when they are on the hunt for lo… Read more >

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Raleigh Ranked #10 in Top 25 American Cities for FDI Strategies by fDi Intelligence

By Kathleen Henry, Economic Development Director Kathleen leads FDI Strategy for WCED Raleigh has taken the 10th spot in the Top 25 American Cities for FDI Strategies, as ranked by fDi Intelligence, a specialist division of The Financial Times providing industry-leading insight and analysi… Read more >

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Q&A with Kyle Touchstone, our new Raleigh Economic Development Director

We are excited to share an important update regarding our Wake County Economic Development Team. Please join us in welcoming Kyle Touchstone as the new Raleigh Economic Development Director. Raleigh Economic Development will be the primary economic development program for the City of Raleig… Read more >

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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 >