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Edge Investors

Wake County Economic Development is funded through investment from the private and public sectors through the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Competitive Edge initiative.  Since the launch of the initiative in 1995, Edge has spearheaded economic development for Raleigh, Wake County and the Research Triangle and has generated significant returns and impact for the region, including:

  • 168,500 or 58% increase in new jobs in Wake County between 1995 – 2012
  • 290,000 or 42% increase in new jobs in the region between 1995 – 2012
  • Passage of four school bonds totaling $3 billion for school construction
  • Recruitment of the Carolina Hurricanes in 1997
  • Expanded construction of 540, expansion of I-440 and other transportation and transit initiatives


Edge 5 – The Leading Edge, is the next chapter of this initiative starting January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2019 with a goal of raising $12 million from the private and public sectors to support our 5 pillars in business recruitment, existing industry expansion, talent attraction, quality of life and sustainability and regional competitiveness.  This long-standing and highly effective public-private partnership is built on a solid foundation of teamwork among key leaders in business, government, higher education and regional organizations.

For more information about the Edge 5 program please view the Case for Support.

Download our 2014-2015 Fiscal Year Snapshot. 

Alphabetical listing of our Edge investors (as of 2.10.15):


Alfred Williams & Co.                                                          
Allen Tate Realtors                                    
AT&T North Carolina
Balfour Beatty Construction
Bank of America*
BB&T*
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices York Simpson Underwood Realty
Biogen
Campbell University School of Business
Campbell Law School 
Capital Associates 
Capitol Broadcasting Co., Inc.*
Capstrat
Carolina Hurricanes*
CBRE | Raleigh
Century 21 Triangle Group
Cherry Bekaert LLP
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Citrix                

City of Raleigh*                                                                
Clancy & Theys Construction Co.
Clark Nexsen
Coldwell Banker Howard Perry & Walston
CRB Consulting Engineers, Inc. 
Deloitte
Dewberry Engineers, Inc. 
Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP*
DPR Construction
Duke Energy
Duke Raleigh Hospital*   
ECS Carolinas, LLP                                                                                                                
Ernst & Young LLP
Fifth Third Bank                           
First Citizens Bank*
First Tennessee Bank
Fonville Morisey Realty, Inc.
Frost, PLLC 
Gensler                                                         
Golden Corral Corporation*                            
Greene Resources, Inc.                                                 
Gregory Poole Equipment Co.*
Highwoods Properties, Inc.
Hilldrup Moving and Storage
IPREO
John Deere Worldwide - Commercial & Consumer Equipment Division*                                                     
Kane Realty Corporation
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP*                         
Kimley-Horn
Lend Lease US Construction                                                       
Liaison Design Group
LORD Corporation
Manning, Fulton & Skinner, PA
Experis - Manpower Group
Martin Marietta Materials, Inc.*
McAdams
McKim & Creed, PA
Medical Mutual Insurance Company of North Carolina
MetLife*                                                          
Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec, P.A.
NAI Carolantic Realty, Inc.
Nautical Group
NC State University*
Nelson Mullins
New Kind
Newcomb and Company
Newland Real Estate Group*
The News & Observer Publishing Co.
Nexsen Pruet, PLLC
North State Bank
O'Brien/Atkins Associates, PA
Onofrio Construction
Paragon Bank 
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP*
Pepsi Bottling Ventures
PNC Bank*
Poyner Spruill LLP
Premiere Communications & Consulting, Inc.
Prestonwood Country Club
Preston Development
Professional Builders Supply, LLC
PSNC Energy                                                                    
Quintiles
RATIO
Red Hat, Inc.*                                                  
Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina*
Rex Healthcare*
Riley Contracting Group, Inc.
RTI International
S&ME
Samet Corporation                                                             
SAS Institute, Inc.*
SciQuest                                                    
Shelco, Inc.                                                                  
Skanska USA Building, Inc.                                                 
Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan, LLP
Stewart                   
SunTrust Bank*
The Matthews House
TrustAtlantic Bank
Vaco Raleigh, LLC                                                           
Wake County Government*
WakeMed Health & Hospitals*
Wells Fargo*
Williams Mullen
Winwood Hospitality
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP*
The Wooten Company
Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP
York Properties, Inc./McDonald York Building Company

*Edge 5 Steering Committee member