Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker isn't ready to give up Red Hat without a fight.
The software company is checking out large office space in other cities, fueling speculation that it might move its headquarters away from N.C. State's Centennial Campus. But Meeker told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he's eager to keep the company in Raleigh.
“We have heard Atlanta, Austin [Texas] and Boston, as well as Raleigh,” he told the newspaper. “They are a significant company here in Raleigh and have been very successful despite the recession. My understanding is they are reviewing states for their incentives and work force. We’re working hard with the state of North Carolina and are very anxious that the company stays here.”
Losing Red Hat, one of this region's most successful technology companies, would be a major loss for the Triangle. As the AJC newspaper points out, winning the company "would be a huge feather in metro Atlanta’s fedora."