Microsoft Creating 500 New Jobs in Morrisville
Microsoft is investing $47.5 million to expand its Morrisville location, creating 500 new jobs paying an average salary of more than $125,000. The current average annual wage in Wake County is $58,138.
Governor Roy Cooper made the announcement today in downtown Raleigh, accompanied by Reggie Isaac, Microsoft’s U.S. Citizenship Lead for Economic Development, Wake County Board of Commissioners Chairman Greg Ford and Town of Morrisville Mayor TJ Cawley. Several additional Morrisville Town Council members were in attendance as well.
During the major announcement Mayor Cawley explained why Morrisville is a prime location for business success.
“When you look from the mountains to the coast, you see that Morrisville is one of the fastest-growing areas in the state,” said Mayor Cawley. “While retaining its friendly, welcoming small-town appeal, our community boasts a highly educated workforce and is arguably one of the best places to source talent in the entire country. We have easy access to Raleigh and Durham, and we’re minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.”
Governor Cooper agrees with Cawley’s sentiments, locally speaking and statewide.
“We all know that Microsoft could make this announcement anywhere in the entire world—and there was a lot of competition,” said Governor Cooper. “But they know that North Carolina has a reputation for a strong technology workforce and that tech giants like Microsoft can count on us for cutting-edge innovation.”
The Morrisville announcement marks the second recent expansion for Microsoft in the state in less than two months. In October, the company committed to creating 430 new jobs in Charlotte.
The North Carolina Department of Commerce led the collaborative effort leading to the company’s decision to expand the Morrisville campus.
“I would like to thank Governor Cooper, the state of North Carolina and the many partners involved in this endeavor,” said Cawley.
He added that he is most proud of the work being done by the Morrisville Town Council collectively to enhance the quality of life for everyone in the greater Morrisville region.In addition to the Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, other key partners in the project include the North Carolina General Assembly, North Carolina Community College System, Wake Technical Community College, Wake County Board of Commissioners, Wake County Economic Development, Capital Area Workforce Development Board, Morrisville Chamber of Commerce, and Duke Energy.