The Leaves, They Are A-Changin'
As I ride around the Research Triangle Region, I cannot help but recognize the beauty of the changing landscape. There are leaves, leaves everywhere - creating colors, patterns and memories from year’s past. As these leaves start to fall it brings about the anticipation of Old Man Winter and an optimistic outlook for the New Year to come.
But in these changing economic development landscapes, our region is not one to rest on its laurels. We welcome the change. We embrace it. One may think economic development activity will be slowing down as the holidays approach; however that is not the case in the Research Triangle Region.
Recently, The Research Triangle Park (TheRTP) just unveiled their new master plan which will continue to attract jobs and investment, create a new wave of innovative research and provide a mixed use environment for a creative workforce. This new plan will be powerful, innovative and contribute to the health of the Research Triangle Region. TheRTP has set out on a bus tour of the State of North Carolina looking at ways to reconnect, reimagine and redevelop the state and region, so everyone remains globally competitive. Hop on today and ReimagineNC.
In Wake County, a new entrepreneurial initiative is taking place at HUB Raleigh. This 10,000 square foot incubator was designed for and by entrepreneurs to provide space for startups. One of its first successes is the move by Deja Mi from a residential environment to one that will help them tap into a global community of game changers. Deja Mi is developing some of the best apps for exploring and discovering your local city and the world around you.
In Harnett County, the Brightwater Science and Technology Campus and Park is a mixed-use medical and business park in Lillington that is named for the county’s abundant water resources of the Cape Fear River. The Campus is becoming a medical corridor with future openings planned by Central Harnett Hospital, Central Carolina Community College’s Health Sciences training center, First Choice Community Health Center and East Carolina University’s dental facility. This doesn’t even take into account North Carolina’s first new medical school in 35 years opening soon down the road at the School of Osteopathic Medicine at Campbell University (second largest in the state).
The region is also home to several other business and industrial parks that continue to promote themselves as your next business location. Whether it’s the Triangle North parks in the north, the Four Oaks Business Park in the east, the Central Carolina Business Park in the west or the Heart of North Carolina MegaPark in the south, opportunities are abundant.
As the year comes to an end and leaves start to fall, North Carolina continues to live up to its motto “esse quam videri” (to be, rather than to seem). For the 10th time in the last 12 years, North Carolina is ranked as the #1 Best Business Climate in the nation in 2012 by Site Selection magazine.
As a state and a region, we continue to push forward making this the best place for your next business location as well as a place for your family to live, work and play. As many of you know and for those that visit, our region prides itself on those famous words “can’t see anything for the trees.”
Well open your eyes, The Leaves, They are A-Changin’.
Author: Bo Carson, Vice President, Information Services, Research Triangle Region