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Wake County Economic Development Names Michael Haley Director Of Business Recruitment And Expansion

Wake County Economic Development, a program of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and the lead economic development agency for Wake County, has announced that Michael Haley has been promoted to director of business recruitment and expansion. In his new role, Haley will lead the county’s business recruitment expansion team in an effort to continue Wake’s commitment to the fundamentals of economic health and a strong standard of living. Through lead generation, business recruitment and cultivating relationships with targeted consultants, he will serve as the principal contact for prospective companies in the information technology, smart grid and life science sectors while being dedicated to ensuring Wake County is one of the best places for businesses in the country.

Previously, Haley served three years as project manager for Wake County Economic Development, where he managed economic development for new and expanding companies in the county. He was also responsible for managing efforts around smart grid clusters and technology clusters. Prior to joining the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, Haley worked with the North Carolina Department of Commerce for six years, serving as policy analyst and later policy director. In these roles, Haley staffed the North Carolina Economic Development Board and developed economic strategies that directly attributed to North Carolina’s business and economic success.

Haley received his Master of Public Administration from East Carolina University, where he was awarded the highly acclaimed North Carolina Governor’s Public Management Fellowship in 2000, making him one of just 12 recipients of the honor that year. He previously earned his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ingrained in his community, Haley is an active member of the North Carolina Economic Development Association. A native of Jacksonville, North Carolina, he resides in Raleigh with his wife, Danielle, and their two daughters, Mary and Caroline.


“Michael had been a tremendous addition to the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce since joining in 2011,” said Adrienne Cole, executive director for Wake County Economic Development. “His dedication to the economic and social well-being of Wake County is evident in all that he does, and we are looking forward to having him continue his business recruitment and expansion and strategic initiatives.”

“I am honored to lead the Wake County Economic Development team as director of business recruitment and expansion,” said Haley. “My job provides me the unique opportunity to help the companies of Wake County grow and reach new milestones every day. I love that I have the chance to give back to the place I call home, a place that has given so much to me throughout the years, and I look forward to continuing to making Wake County the best place for new, innovative and expanding businesses.”


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Wake County Economic Development (WCED) is a program of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. Wake County Economic Development is the primary economic development organization for Wake County and its 12 municipalities. WCED host clients evaluating Wake County for possible facility locations each year and facilitate dozens of corporate expansions, resulting in new jobs and capital investment for Raleigh and Wake County. Services available to companies that are considering relocating or expanding in Wake County include economic and demographic research, site and building inventory searches, visitation itineraries, community tours, corporate executive and employee briefings, employee relocation assistance and post-relocation services. For more information, visit


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