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Wake County Economic Development and Protochips Discuss Local Photonics Industry

Raleigh, NC, November 04, 2009 --( Ken Atkins, executive director of Wake County Economic Development (, has announced the release of the third video profile in the “Raleigh-Wake County Business Showcase,” a video series profiling locally-based companies that continue to grow and remain competitive during the nation’s current economic slowdown. The video features Protochips, a Raleigh semiconductor technology company. As a center of education, research and innovation, the Wake County region provides photonics companies with numerous resources. The Protochips video features commentary on the Triangle’s photonics industry and includes interviews with Michael Zapata, chairman of the Protochips board of directors, and David Nackashi, chief executive officer of Protochips, as well as Adrienne Cole, executive director of Raleigh Economic Development. In the video, they discuss what makes the Triangle a great place for companies within the photonics industry.

“We are excited to announce the release of the next video in the ‘Raleigh-Wake County Business Showcase’ series,” Atkins said. “Our education and research organizations, combined with our talented workforce, make Wake County a great location for companies within the photonics industry.”

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The WCED and Protochips video is available on WCED’s Web site at

- Protochips is a Raleigh semiconductor technology company that creates the world’s most advanced holders, stages and specimen supports for electron microscopy.

- Protochips is located at 617 Hutton St., Suite 111, Raleigh, NC 27606.

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

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