BigNews.Biz - Apr 30,2012 - RALEIGH, N.C. – The Wake County Economic Development (WCED) (http://www.raleigh-wake.org/home), in partnership with the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce (http://www.raleighchamber.org) and the Chamber’s Competitive EDGE4 program, has announced the release of a podcast featuring Joel Kotkin, author of The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050 and keynote speaker for the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Economic Development Forum taking place on Wednesday, May 9 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The podcast details the topics of Kotkin’s address to be delivered at the event at the Raleigh Marriott City Center at 500 Fayetteville St.
In the podcast, Kotkin touches on the area’s ideal combination of well-paying jobs and a relatively low cost of living that helps attract educated immigrants and foster high-end economic development in industries such as technology and service. Additionally, he explains how this development places the Triangle as an appealing destination for families looking to move away from high-density urban environments to areas with top-notch schools. To download Kotkin’s podcast, visit http://bit.ly/JLsSXu.
The Forum will mark the launch of the Triangle talent attraction campaign and Web portal called Work in the Triangle, Smarter From Any Angle (http://www.WorkintheTriangle.com), which will showcase why the Triangle is a smart place to work, live, learn and play. The Work in the Triangle campaign is a regional initiative to attract highly skilled workers in targeted industry clusters to move to the region. Wake County Economic Development is leading the initiative in partnership with the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, Orange County Economic Development, Research Triangle Foundation and Research Triangle Regional Partnership. RSVP to attend the Economic Development Forum by Friday, May 4 at http://www.raleighchamber.org. Tickets are $40 for members and $55 for non-members.
Kotkin, an internationally recognized authority on global, economic, political and social trends, has written and spoken about the Triangle’s potential to be one of the top hot spots in the United States in the coming decades. In Forbes, he recently ranked the region as home to the No. 1 City for Families and the No. 1 Best Place for Business and Careers.
“We are very excited to have Joel Kotkin as the keynote speaker for the 2012 Economic Development Forum,” said Jennifer Bosser, assistant executive director for Wake County Economic Development. “Joel frequently ranks the Triangle as a top region poised for growth and development, and we are interested in hearing his observations about the area and predictions of what he sees for the future of the Triangle.”
- Kotkin is a professor of urban development and a fellow at Chapman University in Orange, Calif. as well as the Legatum Institute, a London-based think tank. For more information, visit http://www.joelkotkin.com.
ABOUT WAKE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:
Wake County Economic Development (WCED), a program of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, is the primary economic development organization for Wake County and its 12 municipalities. WCED hosts clients evaluating Wake County for possible facility locations each year and facilitates dozens of corporate expansions, resulting in new jobs and capital