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Premium Lock Triangle region likely to reach five-year goal of adding 100,000 jobs by June

Published: 2014-05-22 14:05:00
Updated: 2014-05-23 10:02:46

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Location, location, location, used to be the economic developer's mantra. But in the Research Triangle region, it should be education, education, education. So said Charles Hayes, president and CEO of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership and other speakers at the State of the Research Triangle breakfast Thursday. They also had good news: job growth is on the upswing in the RTP....

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I notice, David that you didn't dispute the dismantling of public education. Good thing, given your family's history.

Growth numbers are largely pointless, as are the arguments based on them. For example... how many people moved into the area during that time? 100,000 jobs could be a net loss... especially if we don't have water or sewer or school seats for them - or will lose money trying to provide it.

If you develop a good place to live, the businesses will follow. Sure, you can also build a corporate welfare wasteland and the people will be forced to come for the jobs. I guarantee though, that they won't be happy about it.
This is a curious article. It trumpets the job growth in RTP/Triangle Region over the past 5 years, yet bashes the GOP. However, the GOP won control over the NC legislature in 2010 (the first time since 1870); that was, interestingly enough, approaching 5 years ago. Also interesting is one of the goals of the GOP-led legislature was to make NC more business-friendly. I guess it's working.
Glad that they corrected the headline from "RTP" to "Triangle region".
substantiate the numbers by publishing them. what companies add jobs and how many jobs at each company? how many jobs were lost in the same period?
What a misleading headline -- we're led to believe that Research Triangle Park has added 100,000 jobs, but it turns out that the Research Triangle *region* (not just RTP, but its entire multi-county region) is where the jobs actually got added.

I also had to laugh at the claim that "The RTP is the only region in the world with three tier one research universities so close." This is clearly false, assuming they are using the same set of 108 Tier 1 research universities as defined in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_research_universities_in_the_United_States. New York City alone has 4 such institions (Columbia, CUNY Research, NYU, Rockefeller). The Boston area has 5 (Boston U, Brandeis, Harvard, MIT, Tufts) which are all actually closer to each other than Duke/NCSU/UNC are.
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