Things like this article regarding the growth in Wake County make me proud to be a Carolina Wordsmith. Not only are we in the running for consideration for big projects like Amazon HQ2 and an Apple campus, but the Triangle region is gaining some well-deserved recognition as a great place to work and build businesses even beyond those big headlines.
Not that this is news to us, of course. Those who already live here know the impact of RTP–the Research Triangle Park that draws pharmaceutical and tech companies to create a mini Silicon Valley. The “triangle” of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill with their associated universities (NC State, Duke, and UNC all interplay with one another–whichever school you root for, they all work together to create a vibrant educational and cultural landscape). Duke and UNC, of course, are well known for their medical schools as well as their undergraduate programs, and have hospitals that not only train new healthcare providers but also allow our best and brightest to conduct research that will save lives. We have a thriving real estate market with neighborhoods being developed and built in several towns and cities in the Wake, Durham, and Johnston County areas. In fact, Zillow ranked Raleigh as the #2 hottest housing market in the United States for 2018.
While Amazon and Apple have yet to announce their official decisions, keeping Raleigh and Wake County in the running just makes sense. Even if we’re not a “big city” like Atlanta or New York, North Carolina’s Triangle region is one of the best places to live and work in the country. Of course, that’s just my humble opinion–as a Carolina Wordsmith.