I have been here all my life. By here, I literally mean in the Triangle of North Carolina. I grew up outside of Raleigh, spent four of the best years of my life in Chapel Hill and now work at CED, located in downtown Durham. I could not control where my parents raised me, true, but I've chosen to stay in the Triangle and have absolutely zero intentions of leaving.
I choose to stay here because the Triangle is home to some of the nation’s best universities (I won’t say which is actually the best). After college, I stayed to take advantage of the many top-notch job opportunities in thriving industries available here (the Raleigh-Cary and Durham-Chapel Hill unemployment rate is 2% lower than the statewide average). No one had to convince me live in the Triangle – it was a no-brainer.
A New Initiative Highlighting the Triangle
If only it was that easy of a decision for those outside of our region. Luckily, there are great local initiatives working to highlight the benefits of living the Triangle and attract talent in a fun and dynamic way. Last Wednesday, May 9, I had the pleasure of learning about one of those initiatives while attending Work In The Triangle, Smarter From Any Angle, Wake County Economic Development’s annual economic development forum, which debuted the new web talent portal www.workinthetriangle.com. Julie Curtin, executive vice president and partner at Development Counselors International, and Joel Kotkin, author and leading expert on the evolution of cities, spoke about the best “angles” for living, working and playing in the Triangle. The concentration of technology and educational resources, the appeal to families and low cost of living, are just a few of our best attractions.
It seems Triangle residents knows why this is a great place to live (note my sentiments above), but highlighting, promoting these attractive angles is essential in attracting and physically moving new and exciting talent to the area – a major concern among CED’s entrepreneurial members. Wednesday’s Forum introduced a new way we cando this – a web talent portal designed to convey why it is smarter to live, work and play in the Triangle. If you have not checked out the portal – do it now!
Triangle residents have the opportunity to create a “What’s Your Angle” profile about themselves and address the reasons they choose to live in the Triangle. If you already live here and think you know all there is to know, this portal is still for you, and you can help promote the region by becoming a Triangle Smarty Pants Ambassador and share all your knowledge about Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and everywhere in between. This portal offers many ways for current, everyday residents to get involved and promote this place we call home, so check it out!
I feel lucky to call the Triangle home – home to my childhood and family, home to my education and home to my career. The Work In The Triangle, Smarter From Any Angle economic development forum and web talent portal are great strides in continuing to better our region and make it a desirable location to live, work and play. Who wouldn’t want that? Go Heels – oops!
This post is authored by CED's own Jane Royall, development manager for membership and individual giving. Jane can be found on Twitter @janeroyall.