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Forbes Names Raleigh As Most Popular

forbes_page WRAL just spotted that Forbes has showered Raleigh with yet another accolade. This time Raleigh tops Forbes’ list of fastest-growing (ie “popular”) metros . Austin, Charlotte and many other southern cities made the top 10.


Raleigh Ranks Tops With Forbes

20090120-45 Forbes magazine released its survey of the Best Places in the U.S. for Business and Careers , and for the third straight year, Raleigh tops the list. In fact, North Carolina is home to six of the top 20 cities. The survey included Durham, Asheville, Wilmington, Charlotte, and Winston-Salem on the list.


Raleigh Ranks #1 for Small Business

20090120-46 Conde Nast Portfolio.com has compiled their favorite areas for the creation and development of small businesses , and Raleigh tops the list.

Raleigh ranked relatively low on the sheer number of small businesses, but ranked high in 1-year change in small businesses (starts), small businesses per 1K residents, and 5-year changes in population and employment.

In the list of 100 top cities, only one other North Carolina city made this list: Charlotte at #2.


Umstead Earns Five Stars

20070720-40 The Umstead Hotel (Warning: Music) in Cary has been awarded 5-stars be Mobil Travel Guide . The hotel had previously received the comparable award by AAA. Fewer than 50 hotels nationwide received the honor . This marks the first time that The Umstead has achieved the prestigious status. The spa and restaurant were awarded 4-star ratings.

The only other 5-star award earned in North Carolina was by Pittsboro’s Fearrington House, which has won the award each year since 2000.


Bodie Island Lighthouse Makes Final Cut

bodie Your votes counted! The Bodie Island Lighthouse has been selected as one of three finalists in Jeld-Wen’s Reliable Lighthouse Restoration Initiative . The finalists will be closely evaluated for needs, plans, timing, and requirements. After the evaluation a winner will be announced on the Jeld-Wen site .


Bon Appetit Features West Triangle

bonap_0810 The October issue of Bon Appetit magazine features Durham and Chapel Hill as “America’s Foodiest Small Town”. The feature is found on page 96 and features a hipster young couple that owns Bluebird Meadows and several anecdotal references to the area’s rich culinary history. (Surprisingly there is no mention of A Southern Season.)

I spoke to Ben Barker (at The Magnolia Grill) once and asked him why he thinks that the western end of The Triangle has been such a magnet for foodies. He credits Lex Alexander’s visionary Wellspring Grocery as the seed. While supplies are what got the ball rolling, the area’s eateries got all the acclaim over the past couple of decades. Just now, though, the supply side has gotten a big boost from area farms.

Recipes from Locopops , Pancuito , http://www.piedmontrestaurant.com/ , and other restaurants are included.


Raleigh 10th in New Residents

The Census estimates for 2006-2007 are out and they report that Raleigh ranked 10th in raw number new residents. The list included (in order, top to bottom): Houston, Phoenix, San Antonio, Fort Worth, New Orleans, New York, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Raleigh.

Cary ranked 5th in proportional growth for cities over 100,000. Raleigh ranked #13 while Durham was #27, and Charlotte was #31.


Raleigh Tops Another Places To Live List

MSNBC_Ral MSNBC took a stab at America’s top 10 metros, and Raleigh came out on top . The list is an amalgam of the recent lists by Forbes, Kiplinger, Money, Fortune Small Business, and Relocate-America.com. Charlotte, the only other city in the South on the list, finished #9.


Kiplinger Ranks Raleigh #2

Kiplinger’s July issue contains a feature ranking the best places to live, work, and play , according to the Martin Prosperity Institute. Raleigh finished #2 just behind Houston in the study. New downtown projects scored big with the magazine, as well as the low cost of living, high proportion of workers with college degrees, and strong economic growth. There is also a 3 minute video featuring Raleigh and Cary accompanying the story.


Raleigh Named #2 Best Place to By Foreclosed Homes

Rampant foreclosures are sinking markets like Las Vegas and Tampa, but stable markets do exist out here. Raleigh was named #2 by Forbes in their list of Best Places to Buy Foreclosed Homes. The 100 largest American cities were ranked based on foreclosure rates from RealtyTrac.


Raleigh Named #20 in Fortune’s "Best Places To Live and Launch"

Forbes Magazine has named Raleigh in its latest list of best places to "live and launch". Cities were ranked on a mix if items including business conditions, lifestyle options, tax rates, startup activity, housing affordability, and cultural activities. Raleigh came in #20 . The pros? A thriving tech industry, and proximity to major research and business centers. The con? Inability to keep up with growing infrastructure needs.

Other cities in the region mentioned are Charlottesville, VA at #18, Virginia Beach #14, Durham #12, and Charlotte at #8.


Forbes Names Raleigh Best Place for Business and Careers, Again

For the second straight year, Forbes magazine has named Raleigh as its favorite place for business and careers. The article cites that business costs are 14% below the national average and the labor supply is one of the nation’s most educated (38% college, 12% graduate degree). Our population increased by 2.4%, the nation’s seventh quickest jump.

Other high-ranking NC cities are Durham at #12, Asheville at #26, Charlotte at #37, and Wilmington at #38.


Raleigh Ranks #3 for Teeth

teeth Men’s Health Magazine’s April issue focuses on the best cities for teeth . Raleigh ranks 3rd on the list behind Madison, WI and Nashville, TN. Charlotte ranked 6th on the list. In the subcategories Raleigh ranked 9th in flossing and 10th in dental visits. Raleigh did not rank in the top ten for fewest teeth extracted or for fluorodated water concentration.

While ranking third is good, we can be #1. If you need a dentist, call my office and make this city better! ( The photo shows a case after I closed the gap between two front teeth .)

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