Wake County Economic Development and Red Hat Discuss Strengths of Local Economy

Raleigh, NC, April 18, 2009 --(PR.com)-- Wake County Economic Development (WCED) (www.raleigh-wake.org) has announced the official release of its first video profile for “Raleigh-Wake County Business Showcase,” a new video series profiling locally-based companies that continue to grow and remain competitive during the nation’s current economic slowdown. The first profile features the Raleigh-based company Red Hat, Inc. Amidst the current economic downturn, Red Hat has continued to represent one of North Carolina’s most successful and fastest-growing companies, remaining competitive in its market sector worldwide. The Red Hat video features interviews with Tom Rabon, vice president of Corporate Affairs, and DeLisa Alexander, senior vice president of People and Brand. The Red Hat interview addresses topics such as:

Recent growth of Red Hat and the role that Wake County has played in its success

The innovative workforce in Wake County and its impact on the local economy

Strategies WCED has employed to ensure that the region’s economy remains strong during the economic downturn.

The Red Hat video profile is now available for download at: www.raleigh-wake.org/page/4.

The “Raleigh-Wake County Business Showcase” series is hosted by WCED and made available to the public by way of a free download at its Web site. General announcements alert the media and public when new videos are available for download. Featured companies are selected from across Raleigh and Wake County.

The new showcase video series represents one of many social media and new media projects planned or currently underway for WCED. The organization now hosts a blog on its newly redesigned Web site, as well as a section for online news and audio podcasts. The recently launched Twitter account for WCED is hosted at: http://twitter.com/KenAtkins.

“We are proud to announce Red Hat as the first video profile for our new business showcase series,” said Ken Atkins, executive director for WCED. “Red Hat embodies so many of the positive characteristics that exist within the top companies that call Wake County home. The company’s continued growth, combined with its outstanding staff, made them an ideal choice for our first profile.”

About Wake County Economic Development:
Wake County Economic Development (WCED), a program of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, is the primary economic development organization for Wake County and its 12 municipalities. WCED hosts clients evaluating Wake County for possible facility locations each year and facilitates dozens of corporate expansions, resulting in new jobs and capital investment for Raleigh and Wake County. Services available to companies that are considering relocating or expanding in Wake County include economic and demographic research, site and building inventory searches, visitation itineraries, community tours, corporate executive and employee briefings, employee relocation assistance, and post-relocation services. In both 2002 and 2003, Site Selection magazine recognized WCED as one of the top ten economic development organizations in the United States. For more information about WCED, please visit www.raleigh-wake.org.

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