It's That Time Again! Come Tech out NC!
by Brittany C.
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As 2013 is off to a strong start, so goes the positive news coverage for the Triangle. Major institutions, media outlets and industry associations all over the country are realizing why the Triangle is such a unique and amazing place to live, work, play and learn. Our talent attraction initiative, Work in the Triangle, is growing every day. On a weekly basis our folks respond to inquiries from individuals, living from New York to California, who want information on relocating to the Triangle.
Our globally renowned companies and highly skilled workforce have ushered us into an economy that’s coming back strongly and exceeding pre-recession metrics. We have become a formidable competitor for some of America’s largest cities and a highly sought out location for companies and talent. We have received several new rankings and accolades in just about every area, so there’s plenty of good news to go around! So far this year cities in the Triangle have been named:
These rankings are a true testament to the growth, innovation and prosperity in the area. Triangle culture is flourishing as well. Durham was featured in this New York Times article for its distinctive food and culture. The Bull City is also in the running for Southern Living’s Tastiest Town of the South. You can vote here at Southern Living’s website to show your support.
In 2012 Wake County Economic Development had 86 new projects and 39 site visits. There were 64 announcements of companies moving or expanding to the area; creating a total of 3,926 jobs and investing more than $237 million. That kind of growth caught the attention of Forbes and their staff writer Morgan Brennan; who penned an article about the fastest growing cities in the U.S. In the article, Brennan described Raleigh as a ‘Boomtown’ and touted the corporate heavy hitters like Cisco and First Citizens National bank that call the RTP home.
The Forbes staffer also held an interview with Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce president, Harvey Schmitt; during which she wanted to know the key to the area’s success, innovation and job growth. Schmitt touted the area’s concentration of talent and job growth by telling her: “Our employment numbers now exceed those at the beginning of the recession…We have been able to grow the worker pool by attracting a good deal of the graduates from the local colleges with a great quality of life at an affordable price. In turn, it’s attracted companies in search of talent.”
Numbers on education speak volumes for the Triangle. Not only does the triangle have the largest share of grads in its’ city center; it’s also home to the #1 and #2 Best Educated Cities in North Carolina and America’s #1 Best Value College of 2012, UNC Chapel Hill. Triangle universities are making huge strides this year. NC State opened its new Hunt Library; and UNC and Duke are working to foster the entrepreneurs and budding startups on their campuses through programs such as Carolina Challenge and Duke Startup Challenge.
While 2013 is just beginning, we’re already seeing very positive momentum for the year. With culture, business, housing and education showing increasing strength, it’s only fitting that everyone wants to get in on the magic of the Triangle. Keep up with the most recent rankings, news, job postings and events by following us on Twitter @RaleighWake, @Raleigh4u and @WorkTriangleNC. We look forward to working together as a community to ensure our continued growth and success for generations to come. Here’s to another prosperous year!