Representatives From 26 European Countries Visit to Observe Practices

Raleigh was chosen to host 26 European countries as a model for business best practices.

You know you’re one of the hottest locations in the country for business when the American Chambers of Commerce in Europe (AmCham EU) chooses you as the U.S. city to rep for its exclusive annual conference. It’s like being chosen for the Olympics—but better because the selection is based on a city with “strong ties to global industries, including health care, technology, education and more.” 

Given Raleigh’s regular top 10 status across myriad lists running the gamut from tech to cost of living to the best place to start a business to best place to live, it’s not surprising the Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP, an org committed to marketing central North Carolina’s 12 counties), chose Raleigh. (The other of its two annual conferences is always in DC.)

In mid-May countries (think Belgium, Bosnia, Finland, Greece, Sweden—to name a few) from 26 European Union countries descended on the City of Oaks for two days of meetings, during which time they connected with local leaders like Jim Goodnight, CEO and founder of SAS, and Drew Shoemaker, managing director at Credit Suisse, in addition to meeting with several organizations, including NC State and the North Carolina Biotech Center, in order to better comprehend how business, academia and government work together to create the regional ecosystem.

“Everywhere we went and everyone we met, we instantly saw a spirit of ambition, collaboration and innovation,” says Mark Redmond, chief executive of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland. “There was a sense of purpose and self-belief in the Triangle that working together will lead to solving problems and realizing opportunities for business and consumers.”

Echos Ajša Vodnik, chief executive of the American Chamber of Commerce Slovenia: “The delegation to the Triangle was more than expected. We all agreed that we have never experienced such exceptional hospitality and willingness to cooperate as we did in North Carolina.” 

So not only has Raleigh proven to be a hot spot for business and economy, but a place of good ’ole Southern hospitality too. Not a bad time to be a Raleighite, indeed.

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Angela Brown
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