TRIANGLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COALITION LAUNCHES NEW WORKER RECRUITMENT INITIATIVE

Once again, a dedicated group of leaders from area economic development entities in the Triangle have joined forces to promote our dynamic business climate and recruit even more talented workers to the area.

This week marked the launch of the 1 million dollar “Work in the Triangle, Smarter from Any Angle” initiative, spearheaded by Wake County Economic Development (WCED), the business recruiting arm of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.  Along with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, Orange County Economic Development, Research Triangle Foundation and Research Triangle Regional Partnership, WCED is seeking to leverage the Triangle’s consistently-high rankings in the media for best places to live, work, and play.

To kick off the recruiting initiative, the group launched a website, WorkIntheTriangle.com, to serve as an educational hub for all of the working, living, playing, and learning options the Triangle area has to offer. In each of the respective sections, readers will see applicable rankings, lists of prominent industries and companies, neighborhoods, cultural attractions, and educational opportunities, all of which combine to make the Triangle a unique place full of great opportunities.

From the multitude of rankings, some of which we’ve referenced here and here, emerge some rather interesting implications for our local economy, since great activity seems to always breed more:

#2 Biggest Brain Magnet in U.S. (Raleigh-Cary, NC) Forbes.com, February 2011

#4 City for Young Adults to Start a Career (Raleigh, NC) American City Business Journals, June 2011

#8 Place for Military Retirees to Launch Second Career (Raleigh, NC), USAA.com, November 2011

#1 Best City in America (Raleigh, NC) Businessweek.com, September 2011

#12 Best Schools for Entrepreneurs, (UNC Chapel Hill) Entrepreneur Magazine and The Princeton Review, 2011

Best School for Public Service (North Carolina Central University Law) National Jurist, October 2011

#3 State for Workforce Training (North Carolina) Business Facilities, August 2011

One of America’s Top 25 Arts Destinations, (Chapel Hill, NC) AmericanStyle Magazine, September 2010

According to the News & Observer, the Greater Raleigh Chamber is funding the campaign from its five-year Competitive EDGE4 economic development program, planned from its inception to include regional collaboration with the other area economic development entities. In addition to the site launch, the group hosted an economic development forum this week, and it will also begin an external, nationwide campaign taking a road-show approach in Boston (at an international biotechnology conference), as well as planned stops in places like San Francisco and Austin.

With all of these great publicity opportunities and rankings, we recognize that it would be easy for the Triangle area to rest on its laurels as an established haven for entrepreneurs and families seeking the ultimate experience in overall quality of life.  It’s great to see that all of our area economic development groups are continuing in their efforts, exemplified by the “Work in the Triangle, Smarter from Any Angle” initiative, to make our area number one in every way possible.

Attracting great workers to our area makes all of us already here that much better.