Capital Area Workforce Development

CAWD is a public-private partnership and 501(c)3 funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. Through collaborations with business, government, education and others, the organization has developed state and nationally-recognized workforce programs, connected businesses to workforce resources and the education system, and helped thousands to gain employment. For more information visit capitalareancworks.com.


Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (Visit Raleigh)

The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (Visit Raleigh), as the official destination marketing organization of Raleigh and Wake County, accelerates sustainable economic growth and development by increasing visitor and convention business. Raleigh, N.C./Wake County welcomes more than 16 million visitors annually whose spending tops $2.5 billion. The hospitality and tourism industry employs more than 63,000 people in Wake County which accounts for roughly 10% of the local workforce. For more information, to go visitRaleigh.com.


North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association

Established in 1947, the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA) works to advance and protect North Carolina’s $22 billion restaurant, food service and lodging industry. The association provides access to the resources and support restaurant and lodging professionals need to lead thriving businesses while serving as conscientious, contributing members of an unparalleled industry. To learn more information about NCRLA or its membership opportunities and cost-saving benefits, please visit ncrla.org.


Raleigh Convention Center

A three-time winner of ConventionSouth's Readers' Choice Award, the Raleigh Convention Center is a bustling hub for the culture, commerce and technologies that make the Triangle one of the country's most admired regions. The modern, 500,000- sq.-ft. LEED Silver-certified facility includes a soaring street level lobby, an elegant, easily partitioned ballroom, a 150,000 sq.-ft. exhibit hall and a 4,100 sq.-ft. mezzanine as well as cutting-edge tech amenities and award-winning culinary delights. Convention center staff also operates the nearby Red Hat Amphitheater and Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, which can also be part of an event experience. For more information visit raleighconvention.com.



Media Contacts


Scott Peacock

Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau
Director of Public Relations and International Tourism


Brenda Wilkerson

Capital Area Workforce Development
Communications Manager


Margo Metzger

North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association
Director of Communications



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