Wake Forest is located just northeast of Raleigh in the northern portion of the Research Triangle Region. With a population of more than 35,000, the community has a small town feel, but with big city industry. From defense and wireless technologies to engineering and education, major employers thriving in this forward-thinking community include CenturyLink, The Body Shop, Ultra Electronics – 3 Phoenix, and PowerSecure. Wake Forest is also the proud home to the Wireless Research Center of NC, the only center of its kind in the country. This nonprofit center is a unique combination of specialized testing facilities, business incubation, and intellectual property guidance that offers a safe and trusted environment for invention and development of wireless technologies.
Wake Forest Economic Development is a program of the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce. Wake Forest Economic Development serves as the economic development agency for the Town of Wake Forest and works to promote and retain jobs and investment. Wake Forest Economic Development’s work helps to bolster its community’s position in the marketplace and retain a high quality of life for its residents.
Town of Wake Forest Video (via visitraleigh.com)
New and Expanding Companies
Ultra Electronics -3 Phoenix – 120 new jobs with salaries of more than $100,000
PowerSecure International – 100 new employees over the past year
Population: 34,752 (26th largest city in North Carolina)
Population Growth since 2010: 14.5% (4,401 people)
Population Growth since 2000: 176.1% (22,164 people)
Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census
You Do Not Want to Miss When Visiting...
The Factory - Get your adrenaline pumping at The Factory Skateboard Park, with a skate around an ice rink, a drop into the half-pipe at the skate park, a goal at the indoor soccer club, a hole-in-one with miniature golf and a high-speed race with go-carts. Let the kids jump on an inflatable playground, a popular spot at the park!
Art After Hours - Art After Hours, the second Fri. of each month, allows you to admire and purchase local artists' work on S. White St. downtown, giving you the chance to shop for truly one-of-a-kind souvenirs and gifts.
Falls Lake - Spend a nice day at Falls Lake State Recreation Area for boating, camping, cycling, hiking, fishing, and more (or just sit, relax and gaze upon the calm lake).
White Street Brewing Co. - "Big time beer. Small town soul." Located in historic downtown Wake Forest, White Street Brewing Company offers handcrafted ales and lagers. Visit the taproom where you can see the entire brewing operation and taste the brewed-on-site beers.
Wake Forest Renaissance Center - The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre is northern Wake County's newest cultural arts and event venue. Located at 405 S. Brooks St., in the heart of downtown Wake Forest, the facility features 10,000 square feet of versatile event and meeting space providing the perfect venue for a variety of events and activities, including exhibits, concerts, plays, recitals, conferences and private celebrations.
Wake Forest History Museum - The Calvin Jones House is part of a four-acre complex that includes gardens, pathways, and a state of the art museum. The house is furnished to reflect the period of its various residents, and the museum’s extensive displays depict the history of college and town.
The Wake Forest Weekly - Your source for the best local news about Wake Forest.
Major Private Employers
CenturyLink – 350 employees
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Inc. – 280 employees
The Body Shop, Inc. – 225 employees
Hillside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center – 167 employees
Rex Healthcare (Wakefield) – 160 employees
Ultra Electronics -3 Phoenix – 122 employees
Source: Wake Forest Economic Development, Major Employers
Wake Forest Economic Development Contacts
Marla Akridge, Executive Director of Wake Forest Economic Development, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Gaston, Economic Development Coordinator of Wake Forest Economic Development, Jennifer@wakeforestchamber.org