The Raleigh Relocator Podcast

Ep2: World-Class Quality of Life: Raleigh NC: Dennis Edwards, President and CEO, Visit Raleigh

April 17, 2020 Justin Burleson, Ashley Quinn, Dennis Edwards Season 1 Episode 2
The Raleigh Relocator Podcast
Ep2: World-Class Quality of Life: Raleigh NC: Dennis Edwards, President and CEO, Visit Raleigh
Show Notes

According to numbeo.com, Raleigh NC ranks third in the world and first in the US when it comes to the quality of life. Quality of life formula is weighed on purchasing power, safety, health care, cost of living, property prices to income ratio, traffic commute time, pollution and climate. It was a no brainer to interview one of Raleigh's top leaders who attributed to this success; Dennis Edwards, President and CEO of the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau. In this interview, the incredible Dennis Edwards talks public and private sector relationship, robust greenway system and connectivity and how tourism helps fund infrastructure to elevate quality of life and more. Enjoy! 

1:20: COVID-19 Real Estate update
7:02: Interview with Dennis begins
8:41: Dennis talks Visit Raleigh Team supporting the local economy 
11:20: Dennis reflects on his relocation from Fort Lauderdale to Raleigh
12:05: Dennis credits private sector and public sector partnership impact on infrastructure and quality of life
15:00: Dennis attributes strong hotel occupancy tax to building assets that offer residents the infrastructure 
16:20: Dennis lists top five states where most relocators come from 
20:12: Dennis talks balance of connectivity innovation and preservation of greenspace including Dorothea Dix Park 
24:19: Dennis talks Raleigh Durham Airport direct flights and future updates
25:36: Dennis talks hot job market, curation of talent and higher education partnerships including NC State University and Wake Tech Community College
30:57: Dennis talks sports department including NCAA, ACC and youth tournaments 
34:00: Dennis talks arts, culture and live music scene including International World of Bluegrass Festival 
38:00: Dennis talks Zagat naming Raleigh as hottest culinary city in the US
42:05: Dennis champions the Mountain to Sea Greenway System
45:45: Dennis talks local unique experiences including Larry's Coffee and Videri Chocolate 
48:35: Hope for Raleigh 
51:00: Ashley dishes on Top Three Taco Hotspots