Scott Mahoney
Peter Millar

"People want to work and live in Raleigh"

“Our goal is to be a large company but still feel like a small company, and that is one of the things you can accomplish in a place like Raleigh” – Scott Mahoney, CEO, Peter Millar. Scott explains why Raleigh is an ideal location for Peter Millar’s headquarters. The company, which has hired more than 100 new employees since 2009, has seen tremendous growth. When asked about recruiting talented professionals, he says his company doesn’t have to look very far. There is a large pool of very talented people in this area. Scott believes that Raleigh provides an excellent quality of life, which makes his employees want to stay!

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Justin Miller

"Raleigh is on the map"

In our new video series, Why Raleigh Works, local business leaders tell us why Raleigh topped their list of places to start or expand their business. “We are able to operate with equal or greater talent supply at a fraction of the cost” – Justin Miller, CEO & Co-Founder of WedPics, explains why his photo-sharing business is thriving in Raleigh. Justin shares his story of why Raleigh is an efficient place to conduct his business, and adds that Raleigh cares about the small companies just as much as the larger ones. He also credits Raleigh’s low cost of living and abundance of things to do with keeping talented people in the area.

Watch the videos to see why Raleigh works for local businesses.


German-based Mann + Hummel, maker of air, fuel, oil and water filters, selected Raleigh for its North American headquarters. The company first came to the U.S. in 1994 when it opened a filter technology business in Illinois. It later added factories in Tennessee and Michigan, then, in 2006, set their sights on North Carolina when it and the Bosch Group jointly purchased a plant in Fayetteville. Most recently, in 2013, the company announced that it would move their North American headquarters to Raleigh, added an Innovation Center at N.C. State’s Centennial Campus, and bought outright ownership of the Fayetteville plant.

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Permit issuance has seen a slow steady increase since the economic downturn in 2008. The numbers declined only sightly in FY13/14 due to a change in legislation. The NC General Assembly passed SL 2013-160 specifying that when appliance installers are licensed to perform all aspects of an installation, only one permit will be required.

In the years leading up to The Great Recession, Raleigh experienced a boom in both residential and commercial development. Large-scale projects including single-family subdivisions, multi-family condominiums, commercial shopping centers, medical facilities and university campuses were either permitted or under review.

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The Office of Economic Development has just released its inaugural Annual Report. The FY 2013/2014 report includes data previously found in the Growth and Development Report produced by the Long Range Planning Division and tells the story of development and investment happening all over Raleigh.

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