Governor Pat McCrory joined officials with software maker Red Hat to cut the ribbon on the company's new downtown Raleigh headquarters today. Company leaders announced a plan two years ago to move from offices on NC State's Centennial Campus to a capital city high rise.
Nine hundred of Red Hat's 5,700 employees worldwide are based in Raleigh. CEO Jim Whitehurst says it was important that his company stay in North Carolina's capital.
"This city offers a tremendous amount for our people both located here and when we look around the world to attract the best and the brightest," Whitehurst says. "From an innovative business culture, to strong schools, a vibrant non-profit sector to great recreational opportunities -- Raleigh is a great place to call home."
Red Hat began in Durham as an open-source software manufacturer allowing the general public access to its innovations. Last week the company celebrated its 20th year in business.