Raleigh’s Future Looks Bright

Downtown RaleighYou would think we would get used to it.  “Get used to what?” you may ask.  Well I am not referring to the 100+ degree heat that the city will be experiencing for the five days.  It is to another Top 10 or Top 15 ranking by some outside organization looking in.  This time AOL Real Estate included Raleigh in its listing of 15 Cities Where The Future Looks Bright.  Why?  Jobs, jobs, and more jobs.

The blog posting describes Raleigh as a “charming city that attracts college students, families, and immigrants, with its job prospects, safety, affordable housing, and short commutes.”  The blog goes on saying “Raleigh was ranked No. 1 city for business and careers by Forbes, with the fastest growing job market in the U.S.  It’s also the fastest growing city in the U.S. according to the Census Bureau.”

The full list includes:

  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Seattle, WA
  • Austin, TX
  • Portland, OR
  • Boulder, CO
  • Detroit, MI
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Nashville, TN
  • Bentonville, AR
  • Burlington, VT
  • Mountain View, CA
  • Pittsburg, PA
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Willison, ND

I feel fortunate that I had the opportunity to move to the Raleigh area back in 2003, when I was promoted with the company that I was working for at the time.  At that time, a number of people I worked with resented that we were still treated like Mayberry from the The Andy Griffith Show.  Raleigh and the Triangle had a lot more to offer.

Well today, Raleigh could not be farther from that image of a little town with one traffic light.

I could not agree more with AOL Real Estate as having picked Raleigh in the list of where cities futures look bright.  But not only does the future look bright, but the present already is.  Raleigh, as well as the rest of the Triangle, is becoming known for is home to major universities, pharmaceutical, tech, bio-tech, and “green” industries.  It is becoming a hub and known for its entrepreneurship and innovation.  

Raleigh’s future is just like the song from 1986 hit Timbuk3, The Futures So Bright (I Gotta Wear Shades). (Click here for the video)

What do you think is the future of Raleigh?

–J. Nolfo helps companies understand their market and customers though a variety of market research strategies. He has over ten years of experience of market research for strategic planning purposes. He is the Director of Research at Rhino Market Research. He shares his thoughts about market research and business concepts with his blog “Pensare…Understanding Market Research in Business“. If you would like to discuss this blog or how J. can help you understand your market and customer needs, email him at jnolfo@rhinomarketresearch.com.

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About J. Nolfo
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