Reports started coming in this morning that a big job announcement was on tap in Govenor Perdue's schedule for the day.
Sources including the N&O and WRAL reported that Red Hat was likely to stay in the Triangle, with a tweet from the Governor's office stating that this afternoon's job announcement is big news for Wake County. The news is especially good for Wake, which will lose some jobs to Duke Energy's acquisition of Raleigh-based Progress Energy.
Red Hat, a supplier of Linux software and support, boasts 3,600 global employees, with approximately 700 currently located in Raleigh.
News of Red Hat's potential move to Durham first emerged here at BCR in October. Reports state that many sites were in the running, including several corporate parks in Raleigh. Jim Goodmon had placed his American Tobacco Campus in the running, with rumors indicating that his proposal centered around a new tower sited to the north of Diamond View II.
Other cities, including Austin and Atlanta, were in the running as well. Cost-of-living and quality of life concerns were stated as driving forces to stay in NC.
When all was said and done, Red Hat decided to stay (almost) put. Red Hat will be building a new headquarters in Wake County. The actual location has yet to be determined, but Red Hat representatives confirmed that they will stay in Wake.
Today's announcement came in the wake of a decision to give $18 million in state incentives for Red Hat to stay in NC. In order to secure state incentives, Red Hat has pledged 540 new jobs in North Carolina.
Expect to hear more as the news develops.