Business: 2012 State of Downtown Cary

Story by Lindsey Chester. Photo by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – Last year, we reported on six new businesses that opened in Downtown Cary in 2011. This year, a dozen more have opened their doors. In fact, this might be the most transformational year in more than a generation. Read on for our 2012 State of Downtown Cary.

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SAS Ranked Best Place to Work. In the World.

Cary, NC – Great Place to Work Institute, a global business ranking firm, in association with Fortune Magazine, has named SAS (headquartered in Cary) as the 2012 World’s Best Multinational Workplace. Read more

Silicon Prairie Rises from the Corn Fields

Story and illustration by Hal Goodtree. First published on

Cary, NC – First there was Silicon Valley in California. Then New York got in the act with Silicon Alley. Now, the new hotspot is in the Midwest. It’s been dubbed Silicon Prairie. Read more

Last Tech Task Force This Wednesday

Illustration by Hal Goodtree. Android guy by Google.

Cary, NC – All good things must come to an end. The eighth and last meeting of Cary’s Tech Task Force is this Wednesday, November 28, 2012. You’re invited. Read more

CaryCitizen Holiday Shopping Guide

Story by Lindsey Chester, official shopper of CaryCitizen.

Cary, NC – We are big fans of our local independent retailers and try to support them with our dollars whenever possible. This year Cary welcomed lots of new boutiques and businesses and many of these will be excellent Holiday Gift-Giving resources. Here’s our CaryCitizen Holiday Shopping Guide. Read more

Choosing a Cat-Friendly Boarding Facility

Story by Jennifer Eachus, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and owner of the Cat Clinic of Cary.

Cary, NC – During the holidays, families often find themselves in a bind over what to do with pets when you are going away for more than a day or two. Read more

Downtown: “Share the Season” Toy Drive

Story contributed by Doc Thorne, president of the Heart of Cary Association. Photo by Sheimei Barger.

Cary, NC- Patterned after the Marine Corps’ Toys-for-Tots program, the Heart of Cary’s ‘Share the Season’ Toy Drive was created last year for the purpose of getting new, unwrapped toys into the hands of children in our community who would otherwise have nothing to look forward to on Christmas morning. It’s a simple premise and one which could not be accomplished without the help and support of more than a dozen businesses throughout the Downtown area. Read more

RTP Unveils New Master Plan

Pictures from 2012 RTP Master Plan. Story by Hal Goodtree republished from Cary Innovation Center.

Cary, NC – Research Triangle Park has unveiled a long-awaited renewal of it’s Master Plan. The document calls for more density, more mass transit and a more urban feel to the iconic technology and innovation park. Read more

Citizen Engagement and Town of Cary

Story by Laura Hamlyn of Town of Cary’s Technology Task Force. Article repulished from

Cary, NC – Our focus as Town of Cary Technology Task Force (TTF) members is to determine how the town can use technology to better serve citizens. Based on that definition, our conversations could result in deep dives into the intricacies of data and server redundancies. Sure, we’re super geeks and technology professionals, but we’re also citizens of Cary, Wake County, North Carolina and beyond. And while technology has helped towns store and share data, it is obvious that technology is now a platform that everyone with access can use as a megaphone, a research tool, entertainment or as a method of creating conversations that lead to change. Read more

CaryCitizen Featured in New York Times Story

Photo by Brooke Meyer for The New York Times.

Cary, NC – It’s a good day when you wake up and find your picture in the Business section of The New York Times. That’s what happened to CaryCitizen this past Sunday. Read more