Creating and keeping jobs has been one of the Wake County Board of Commissioners' goals for several years, and on March 12, 2013, they joined other state, local and business leaders to make the largest job announcement in recent North Carolina history.
Wake County, along with North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, Town of Cary, Wake Technical Community College and other partners, announced that MetLife, Inc., plans to add more than 2,600 jobs in Cary and Charlotte by 2015.
"This announcement validates what a great place Wake County is for companies looking for innovative talent, an excellent business climate, and a wonderful place to live and raise children," said Wake County Board of Commissioners' Chair Joe Bryan.
"Every one of America's 3,069 counties would like to be announcing economic development of 1,200 jobs averaging over $100,000 per year and new capital investment of approximately $70 million," Bryan said. "This is a huge opportunity for the hard-working people of Wake County."
MetLife plans to build a new Class A office complex for its Global Technology and Operations organization in Cary, adding information technology positions focused on delivering global solutions to support MetLife and the customers it serves. The Charlotte campus will include product management, marketing, sales and customer support. In total, the company expects to invest $125.5 million into its new Mecklenburg and Wake County campuses.
The long-term economic growth potential for the company and the community is very strong. Wake County has the current talent and continues to educate and attract the type of top talent any company needs to thrive. MetLife will join an impressive group of technology companies and international giants like Credit Suisse, Fidelity Investments and Deutsche Bank who are already making their home in the Triangle.
In addition to the economic impacts, this agreement is a great example of the N.C. Department of Commerce and local governments working together to bring in new business investment and jobs for the people of Wake.
"The MetLife agreement demonstrates the Boards' continued efforts to establish meaningful partnerships between local and state agencies," said Bryan. "We all benefit when we work together."