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Adrienne Cole

Executive Director
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Smarter all around.

 Wake County offers something for everyone: Welcoming communities in which to live, work, and play. A thriving business community. Active arts and culture. Excellent health care. Prime educational and career opportunities.

That may be why this area, located centrally within North Carolina, has ranked No. 1 in so many categories: Fastest Growing North American City (Forbes.com). Top Business Climate (Site Selection Magazine) (For nine of the last 10 years). Greatest Number of Green Jobs (NC Sustainable Energy Association). Top Housing Market for Investors (Forbes). Top Public Schools in the U.S. (Greatschools.org).

While Wake County's three largest industries are government, education and healthcare, other industry giants - in pharmaceuticals, computer software and hardware, telecommunications, biotechnology, and financial services - also dot the landscape, helping to fuel thriving retail sales and entrepreneurial success. The county also is home to a plethora of internationally known firms such as Cisco Systems, Lenovo, Progress Energy, Red Hat, and SAS Institute.

What's more, the region enjoys one of the most educated and diverse workforces in the U.S. Almost half of the county's 25-and-older population holds a bachelor's degree or higher. This high level of educational attainment is a testament to the quality of education provided by the Wake County Public School System, the area's community colleges, and twelve highly regarded universities and colleges.

So it's not just a smart community; it's a smart choice.

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