Ken Atkins Of WCED Addresses “Economic Development During An Economic Downturn” In New Podcast

From: MMI Associates, Inc.
Published: Thu Apr 30 2009


Wake County Economic Development (WCED) (www.raleigh-wake.org) has announced the release of a new audio podcast discussing the topic of economic development during an economic downturn. The podcast features commentary from Ken Atkins, executive director for WCED, and addresses topics such as:

• Where Wake County and Raleigh are heading in terms of economic development
• Steps businesses and local government can take to ensure Raleigh gets where it wants to go and where it needs to go
• How WCED has changed its approach during the recent economic slowdown
• The role education and intellectual assets will play in helping the Triangle remain productive and competitive during the current downturn

At WCED, Atkins develops long-term economic development strategies for Raleigh and Wake County, manages the Chamber’s EDGE program and maintains relationships with elected officials and other key economic development allies. Prior to joining WCED, Atkins served as the president of the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation and was also the director of the Franklin County Department of Economic Development. A recognized economic development expert, Atkins received North Carolina’s Economic Developer of the Year award from The North Carolina Economic Developers Association, and North Carolina Magazine recognized him as one of the state’s top business recruiters.

The new WCED podcast is now available for download at: www.raleigh-wake.org/section/news-and-podcasts.

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News Facts:
• Wake County Economic Development (WCED) has released a new podcast discussing economic development during an economic downturn.
• The podcast features commentary from Ken Atkins, a Raleigh native and the executive director of WCED.
• The new Wake County Economic Development podcast is now available for download at: www.raleigh-wake.org/section/news-and-podcasts.

Quotes:
“Wake County and Raleigh, like all markets in the country right now, are being affected by the national and global recession,” said Atkins. “However, we feel very confident that our area is well-positioned in the global marketplace because of our continued emphasis on ‘smart jobs’ and business execution. We have made the transition into a knowledge-based economy and put a stronger focus on doing the right things.”

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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Patty Briguglio
MMI Associates, Inc.
(919) 233-6600
patty@mmimarketing.com
PR Firms Raleigh, NC

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