Raleigh, the Capital City of North Carolina, is among the fastest growing and most highly acclaimed areas in the country.
Raleigh has a strong mixed economy offering opportunities in high tech, health care, pharmaceuticals, service, education and government. Excellent schools and universities, a robust housing stock, the highest quality health care, a lively and eclectic social and arts scene, and year-round mild climate are among the attributes the City of Oaks can claim. Raleigh is consistently recognized as one of the best places to live, work, play and conduct business. The city is located in the central part of North Carolina, mid-way between the state's beautiful broad, sandy beaches on the East Coast and the highest, most scenic mountains to the west. Located in the heart of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Raleigh area boasts the very best in college sports, as well as big-time professional hockey.
Raleigh is committed to being a national leader in sustainability initiatives. It is recognized for being prepared for plug-in electric vehicles, installing a total of 18 public charging stations across the city. Raleigh has also converted a large number of its municipal fleet to alternative energy. Furthermore, the City of Raleigh has partnered with the private sector to develop solar arrays at municipal facilities to produce renewable energy that is distributed to customers of Progress Energy Carolinas, Raleigh's utility provider. In August 2012, it was announced that Raleigh had placed fifth in a survey of the greenest cities in the United States. Also, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce awarded Raleigh its 2011 Siemens Sustainable Community Award for mid-size communities.
The opportunity to interact and work with cities from across the country that face similar circumstances in serving their residents and building better and stronger communities. Raleigh has been a proud member of NLC since 1961.