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Raleigh Hopes To Innovate

Raleigh leaders are setting their sights on creating a new brand for the city. They hope a plan to assist small businesses will lead to Raleigh becoming a “city of innovation.”

Most of the City Council stood with outgoing mayor Charles Meeker to make the announcement earlier today. They gathered in the small back loading bay of Xanofi, a nanofiber company spun off from NC State. It’s exactly the kind of company they hope to cultivate – small, innovative, and full of promise

A similar small-business incubator in Durham has gained attention for that city. Raleigh City Council member Mary-Ann Baldwin says there’s plenty of room in the Triangle for helping innovative companies.

Mary-Ann Baldwin: "The whole intention is not to duplicate efforts. It’s also not to compete with Durham - it’s to complement the things that Durham is doing."

Raleigh and NC State will launch this new effort by hosting an Innovation Summit in January.

Dave DeWitt is WUNC's Feature News Editor. As an editor, reporter, and producer he's covered politics, environment, education, sports, and a wide range of other topics.
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