Wake County Economic Development
NCEDA named Wake County Economic Development Director Michael Haley its 2019 Economic Developer of the Year. In economic development, leadership matters – there’s just no substitute for it,” said NCEDA Immediate Past President Mark Pope upon announcing the selection. “Michael’s many talents helped Wake County win major relocations and expansions such as Pendo, TrialCard, Arch Capital and Advance Auto Parts, as well as Amazon’s $200 million fulfillment center.” Pope also noted that Consultant Connect, a national consortium of corporate location advisers and business recruiters, had recently named Haley to its list of Top 50 North American Economic Developers.
Haley oversees Wake County Economic Development, a program of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce that works closely with county and municipal governments as well as local businesses and educational partners in bringing new jobs, companies and economic investment to Wake County. He was previously director of public policy at the NC Department of Commerce. A native of Jacksonville, NC, Haley holds a BA from the UNC Chapel Hill and a MA from East Carolina University. He and his family live in Raleigh.