TRIANGLE NC

VOL16 ISS1 2016

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUmE 16 — IssUE 1 12 the triangle Te Triangle by lynne brandon The Triangle sister cities of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill continue to stay in the news – in a good way. The livable, friendly cities have brain power and urban amenities with plenty of "away from it all" spaces for exploring on weekends. The capital city of Raleigh is known as the "City of Oaks," "Smithsonian of the South" and recently the city, along with Durham, was pegged as an 18- hour city. Just what is an 18-hour city? It is a city increasingly viewed as a destination such as: Austin, Nashville, San Antonio, Portland, Austin and Raleigh- Durham, to name a few. These second-tier cities have plenty to "see and do," but are not 24-hour cities such as New York and San Francisco. These cities including Raleigh-Durham are noted for having a cool vibe, lower costs of living, the increasing ease of staying connected far from main hubs, afordable and available investment opportunities, as well as other factors (Urban Land Institute and PriceWaterhouseCoopers). Both Raleigh and Durham are making a name as emerging entrepreneurial hubs. Raleigh (population 439,896) is called one of "America's new boomtowns" and second-fastest city in the U.S. in growing new tech jobs according to Forbes. The city has been one of the nation's fastest-growing communities for the past 15 years, and CNNMoney recently named Raleigh the top city in the country for jobs. Demand for skilled workers is strong because of proximity to Research Triangle Park — one of the world's largest research parks — and its approximately 170 health and technology companies (IBM, Cisco, GlaxoSmithKline and others). The city has a mild, four-season climate, with access to cultural oferings — museums, theater, live music venues and performing art venues such as the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Add in a low cost of living, excellent healthcare, afordable homes and many job opportunities for a winning combination. North Carolina State University and other educational institutions also reside within the city. "The young professional scene is vibrant, and NC State provides opportunities for civic engagement, lectures, career advancement, and personal development nearly fve nights a week," said Jennifer Comer, graduate student. "With downtown Raleigh being just about 2 miles from the NC State campus, accessibility, night life, and dining options abound. As a student, I'm happy to call Raleigh home, and it's the perfect mix of college campus and city living." Durham clinched the top position on MoneyGeek.com's list as the "number one best mid-sized city to make a living." Cities with a relatively low cost of living and high salaries made the list. The city of 251,893 has transitioned from an economy once dependent on tobacco and textiles to a high- tech center. Much of the city's success is also tied to RTP, along with the presence of Duke University. Durham's cost of living and housing fall below the national average, and ofers exceptional choices in dining, shopping, entertainment, recreational and cultural opportunities. Despite fast growth, Durham and Raleigh radiate southern charm. North Carolina State University graduates are behind major business success stories. Two of note: Cree and SAS. Cree, started by a group of NCSU graduates in 1987, is a leading innovator of energy efcient LED lighting, making traditional lighting technologies obsolete. The successful, billion dollar company is headquartered in Durham. >> southern, global, expanding

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