Strategic Initiatives + Events

Raleigh ED&I Business Retention and Expansion Managers, Jenn Bosser and Tiffany Hall McNeill, received the distinguished designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from the International Economic Development Council in December. The certification is the leading industry designation for the economic development industry, representing a mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth. Recipients of the certification must have at least 5 years’ experience in economic development, successfully complete professional development coursework, then pass a comprehensive three-part exam demonstrating knowledge, proficiency and judgement in key areas of economic development, including business retention and expansion, marketing, finance, workforce development, community development, real estate, strategic planning, technology-led economic development and management.   

Raleigh ED&I has released its FY18 Annual Report! Download a copy to learn more about our Office’s progress toward goals over the past year of attracting new jobs and investment; encouraging existing industry expansion and retention; strengthening small business development; catalyzing innovation and entrepreneurial activity; and advancing workforce development priorities – all to cultivate a place of prosperity for those who call Raleigh home.

Raleigh ED&I was a sponsor and participant in the Hiring Well, Doing Good conference in December. The event was focused on the inclusion of untapped talent pipelines, including veterans, ex-offenders, and people with disabilities, among others. Employers shared success stories in finding talent that others have overlooked, the challenges of hiring and retaining talent, and the role community organizations and government incentives can play in mitigating costs and risks involved in hiring from these talent pools. 

Raleigh ED&I and Wake County Economic Development exhibited at Internet Summit in November to promote Raleigh and Wake County as a premier hub for tech business and talent. The event attracts top tech talent and provides attendees with learning opportunities focused on digital marketing and analytics as well as valuable industry connections.

The Raleigh ED&I team attended the Innovate Raleigh Summit in November among nearly 500 attendees to hear keynote presentations and engage in discussions geared towards elements that create successful innovation communities -- funding, talent, and inclusivity.  The event included keynotes from Arlan Hamilton, Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital and Todd Olson, Co-founder of Pendo, along with talks from Jon Hayes, founder of RewardStock and Shark Tank winner; Leigh-Kathryn Bonner, founder of Bee Downtown and Forbes 30 under 30 winner; and David Gardner, a top venture capitalist. 

The City of Raleigh partnered with NC State University to host the 2018 Triangle Smart Cities Summit in October at the Raleigh Convention Center. Over 500 people attended to explore themes of security and privacy, big data, health and public safety, energy and infrastructure, citizen engagement, transportation, and logistics. The event brought together community leaders, elected officials, industry executives, and academic leaders to discuss and share ideas on how to make the region smarter and more connected. Several City representatives spoke at the event, including Mayor, Nancy McFarlane; Assistant City Manager, Tansy Hayward; and Business Retention and Expansion Manager, Derrick Minor. 

Raleigh ED&I alongside Wake County Economic Development exhibited at All Things Open, an open source, open tech, and open web conference, in October to promote Raleigh as a technology and innovation hub to businesses and talent. More than 100 people stopped by the booth to learn more about the advantages of living, working and doing business in our market. 

Raleigh ED&I team members, Veronica Creech, and Derrick Minor, participated in a launch meeting with District C in October on an initiative that will give students from 12 Triangle area high schools the opportunity to engage in project-based learning with the City of Raleigh. The initial meeting served as a discovery event for students to learn more about the project and to conduct informational interviews with staff. The City’s partnership with District C provides students the opportunity to work on diverse teams to solve complex real-world problems. 

Raleigh ED&I was a sponsor and participant of Startup Summit NC in October. The event provided participants with an opportunity to engage with tech professionals and learn more about key topics and challenges faced by startups from experts. 

In October, the City of Raleigh’s Office of Economic Development & Innovation (Raleigh ED&I) collaborated with Capital Area Workforce Development Board (CAWD), Wake County Economic Development (WCED), and the North Carolina Technology Association (NC Tech) to host an IT roundtable discussion regarding the critical IT workforce needs of regional businesses. CAWD Board Member and Principal Engagement Manager of Global Security Intelligence with SAS, Rodney Carson, moderated the panel discussion with participation from industry representatives that allowed workforce partners to gain valuable insights on how to address IT talent needs across local industry. Leaders in IT from Biogen, Lenovo, Advanced Auto, WakeMed, Hire Networks, the City of Raleigh and Wake County Government were in attendance.

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