Thursday, August 15, 2013

Tech Sector Ignites Raleigh-Durham Real Estate Market, Anchoring Innovation Hub



Jones Lang LaSalle’s national ranking of top high-tech cities puts Raleigh-Durham in the top 10, highlighting the influence of high-tech start-ups on economic growth

RALEIGH, Aug. 14, 2013 —
It’s not just Silicon Valley that forms the nucleus of the U.S. high-tech growth economy, but hubs such as Raleigh-Durham are emerging thanks to the burgeoning high-tech start-up culture. Jones Lang LaSalle’s (JLL) national ranking of top cities for high-tech companies shows the impact of the evolving start-up culture on Raleigh-Durham’s office demand, traditional workplace environment, and economy.

“Raleigh-Durham has jumped from number 16 on the national list to number nine [see graphic below],” explains Mehtab Randhawa, Raleigh-Durham Research Analyst. “That leap illustrates the impact that high-tech has had on our local economy, just within the last year.  Our market’s growth is driven by start-ups, many of which are located in incubators offering office space, access to professional services, collaboration, and venture capital opportunities.”

New center of innovation: Raleigh-Durham

For every new innovation job created in a community, five additional jobs are created in the same metropolitan area. With high-tech incubators providing centers for these clusters to thrive, an increasing number of U.S. cities are relying on the high-tech sector for economic growth.   In fact, the sector has not only stimulated real estate recovery and expansion, but it is also helping drive new construction. The top 12 markets tracked in JLL’s report account for almost 50 percent, more than 23 million square feet of new construction. At number nine, Raleigh-Durham currently has a total of 300,000 square feet of office space under construction.

JLL’s index
(see graphic) rates each city on four primary factors: high-tech employment, share of U.S. venture capital funding, intellectual capital, and innovation.  As a result, the top five markets include longstanding high-technology industry meccas – but then the list gets interesting. New York is just outside the top ten, outranked by emerging clusters such as Raleigh-Durham.

Raleigh-Durham is climbing the list rapidly with a robust high-tech cluster located in proximity to a highly-skilled labor pool of GenX and Millennial high-tech professionals, where 41.5 percent of the population aged 25 and up has their Bachelor’s degree or higher.

“High-tech start-ups continue to flock to the Triangle-area in an effort to tap into the highly-skilled talent pool of employees here,” said Randhawa. “High-tech services jobs currently make up a 14.2 percent share of office jobs in the region.  The presence of three major universities – Duke University in Durham, North Carolina State University in Raleigh, and The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill – has helped create quality jobs in the region, driving economic growth.”

Incubators foster innovation in start-ups

Technology incubators have become the modern alternative to the suburban garages where Apple, Hewlett Packard, and other high-tech giants began. They have maintained the focus on disruptive technologies and added modern, flexible office space, amenities such as, furniture, networking, training and access to venture capital opportunities.

“Emergence of these new start-ups will not only be able to provide the requisite entrepreneurial and tech environment, but will help in recovery and expansion of the real estate sector,” Randhawa said.  “Significant capital and labor investments by these firms will be crucial in changing the work culture and business climate of Raleigh-Durham.”

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About Jones Lang LaSalle

Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. With annual revenue of $3.9 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle operates in 70 countries from more than 1,000 locations worldwide. On behalf of its clients, the firm provides management and real estate outsourcing services to a property portfolio of 2.6 billion square feet and completed $63 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2012. Its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $46.3 billion of real estate assets under management. For further information, visit www.jll.com.


 

JLL’s 2013 Top High Tech Markets
Total Weighted Score
San Francisco
81.2
Silicon Valley
78.7
San Francisco Peninsula
77.0
Seattle (Puget Sound)
66.8
Boston
61.4
Austin
58.8
Washington, DC
56.8
Atlanta
50.3
Raleigh-Durham
49.2
Denver
47.4
New York City (Manhattan)
45.3
New Jersey State
44.6
Dallas
44.0
Salt Lake City
43.7
Baltimore
41.7
Portland
38.2
Philadelphia
36.6
Indianapolis
36.1
Chicago
34.2
Minneapolis
33.7
Orange County
33.6
San Diego
31.1
Los Angeles
20.3
Pittsburgh
17.9
Phoenix
17.4
Las Vegas
15.7
 

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