Smart. Creative. Prepared. Good-looking.
Okay, that last quality may be subjective, but it's a proven fact that innovative, driven, qualified workers are abundant here in the Research Triangle Region.
Our workforce is one million strong and growing, with educational backgrounds, expertise, knowledge and skills that meet the diverse needs of our diverse companies at every level. They're here (and keep coming) for the quality of life and place found here, with ease and low cost of living and shorter commute times as well as access to quality healthcare and excellent education that keep people productive and happy. In fact, they're all that and more:
Smart. Our knowledge workforce was born 50 years ago, when university, business and government leaders created The Research Triangle Park - and, inevitably, a bounty of Research Triangle Park jobs. Today, 44 percent of our workforce holds college degrees. Regional employment continues to grow, N.C. workforce development expands and workers flourish as our major cities rank among the most educated and "brainiest" in the country. All as our research and liberal arts colleges and universities produce a steady stream of forward-thinking workers with innovative minds who are fulfilling every cliche? you ever heard of - creating tomorrow's ideas today and, yes, shaping the companies that shape the future.
Creative. Creative clusters breed innovation, as we know. And that innovation breeds jobs and prosperity, as we've seen. Thankfully, our research universities, rehabbed downtowns, edgy design collectives and collaborative incubators attract the type of folks who got the New York Times to call this place North Carolina's "axis of cool." Our ever-expanding assortment of creative class workers fuels innovation in our companies - and does wonders for the local music scene.
Entrepreneurial. The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well here. As it should be: Not only is it incubated and nurtured by our companies, our universities and our environment, it's encouraged by the largest entrepreneurial support organization in the country - the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED). Each of our major universities operate entrepreneurship education programs. Startup incubators, like American Underground and Bull City Forward, invigorate entrepreneurial thinking and doing in every sector, from technology and gaming to social enterprise. Workforce development is only the beginning.
Growing. More than 60,000 people move to our region each year. They're drawn by the depth of economic opportunity, the strength of our universities, our famed quality of life, and the many lifestyle choices available. Their decision to come - and the massive influx they represent - means companies here can attract and retain talent they need to grow.
Hard-working. A strong work ethic - a legacy of our agricultural and mill heritage - is an invaluable benefit to employers. Highly skilled and ready to work, our workers exceed employer expectations every day. Seeking some highly trained, incredibly disciplined additions to your team? An army of veterans from our military bases stand ready to serve.
Prepared. Community colleges, K-12 schools and 12 colleges and universities produce an abundant supply of graduates who are flexible, adaptable and equipped with the knowledge and skills our companies need to thrive.