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Triangle Area Cities Are Some of the Smartest Too

Cary is the smartest city in North Carolina and the seventh smartest community in the country, according to a new ranking from American City Business Journals, the parent company of the Triangle Business Journal.

ACBJ used U.S. Census data and a five-part formula to rate the brainpower of 269 communities across America.

Ann Arbor, Mich.; Cambridge, Mass.; and Berkeley, Calif., hold the top three places in the analysis of educational attainment in communities with more than 100,000 residents.

In North Carolina, Raleigh placed second (and No. 23 nationally), followed by Durham (No. 27) and Charlotte (No. 53). Click here to see how the rest of the big cities in the state rank.

Chapel Hill was ranked No. 4 in the country on a separate list of the smartest communities with populations between 50,000 and 99,999.

From the Triangle Business Journal

FREE Home Buying Seminar to be held on Wednesday, October 26th

A lot of people would like to become home owners but don’t know how to begin. Kelly Fox of Towne Mortgage Carolinas and I will be holding a FREE Home Buying Seminar at our office at 5000 Falls of Neuse Road, Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27609 on Wednesday, October 26th starting at 6:30PM.

We’ll explain what’s involved from a real estate perspective and what’s involved with finding the right financing for each attendee. With interest rates at historic lows and so much inventory available now is a great time to learn how the home buying and financing process can be a lot easier than you might think.

We’ll have refreshments too! Just call me Tim McBrayer at 919-247-4667 by 5pm on Monday, October 26th to reserve a seat. If you are married or plan to get married soon we advise both of you to come.


Duke and UNC have Tow of the Nation’s Best Childrens’ Hospitals

Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center and North Carolina Children’s Hospital at UNC-Chapel Hill earned high marks nationally in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Duke finished tops in the Triangle area, ranking among the top 50 nationally in all 10 areas of specialty. UNC finished second in the Triangle with six specialty areas ranked nationally, including a No. 10 ranking in pulmonology, the only top 10 ranking for any hospital in the state.

The rankings, released Tuesday, recognize the top 50 children’s hospitals in 10 specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. The Children’s Hospital Boston ranked No. 1 in six specialties, No. 2 in three specialties and No. 3 in a third, making it the top-rated children’s hospital in the nation. There are 76 hospitals ranked in at least one specialty.

U.S. News & World Report named the Duke University Medical Center as the area’s best hospital overall in March.

Raleigh to Host 40th Annual National Solar Conference May 17-21

Raleigh will host a gathering of renewable energy industry leaders at the 40th Annual National Solar Conference May 17- 21. The conference, sponsored by the American Solar Energy Society, will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center. Keynote speakers include Greg Wolf, president of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) Renewables; Ramamoorthy Ramesh, leader of research and development of the Solar Program at the U.S. Department of Energy; and Jason McLennan, CEO of Cascadia Green Building Council. The public is invited to the conference’s events on Saturday, when industry leaders including celebrity environmentalist Ed Begley Jr. will speak, and nearly 100 exhibitors will display the latest in solar technology. Saturday admission for the general public is $5. Read more: National Solar Conference comes to Raleigh | Triangle Business Journal

Quality of life? Raleigh ranks No. 1 among large U.S. metros – Triangle Business Journal

Isn’t it great when we’re NUMBER ONE!

Check out this story from the Triangel Business Journal about how Raleigh is the major market that offers the best quality of life in America, according to a new study by

Read more: Quality of life? Raleigh ranks No. 1 among large U.S. metros – Triangle Business Journal

Quality of life? Raleigh ranks No. 1 among large U.S. metros – Triangle Business Journal.

Raleigh’s First Law School To Open In September

In two months’ time, administrators of Campbell University’s Law School will be very excited when 400 students and 50 faculty members will be moving into their renovated home for the first time.

The opening of the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law in Raleigh has been years in the making.

University administrators officially announced the decision to move the law school from the small town of Buies Creek in rural Harnett County to the heart of downtown Raleigh in October of 2007, but began scouting real estate in Raleigh as early as 2005. Campbell purchased the 107,000-square-foot office space on Hillsborough for $17.5 million from Variety Realty and its owner, Art Pope, a strong supporter of the university and a well-known conservative philanthropist.

Following an estimated $15 million of renovation work, the four-story building formerly known as Hillsborough Place is slated to open Aug. 1, with classes starting on the new campus Sept. 14.

Campbell will be the first law school to open its doors in Raleigh and is the latest in a series of projects to revitalize downtown.

“This is a new chapter in downtown Raleigh and it’s definitely a big milestone for us,” said Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker.

“It’s a win-win move for the city of Raleigh and for Campbell University,” Essary said. “Raleigh is by far the largest state capital in the country without a law school. What better place to learn than where the law is made, interpreted and applied?”

Administrators said they hope the new location, a stone’s throw from the Capitol, the state Supreme Court, numerous government agencies and private firms, will provide students with richer learning and career opportunities than what was available in Buies Creek.

“The opportunities that we’re going to be afforded are not necessarily ones that we were missing out on in Buies Creek, but the proximity to the state legislature, the businesses, the nonprofits and all the rest puts us closer to the action,” said Whitfield Gibson, who will be spending his final year of law school in Raleigh and is president of the Student Bar Association at Campbell.

“When we found out that we were on schedule to start classes in September 2009, most people in my class were ecstatic.”

State-of-the-art facility

The updated building will also feature the bells and whistles of a 21st century law school, administrators said, housing a 175-seat auditorium, three courtrooms and a 27,000- square-foot, state-of-the-art law library spread over two floors.

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