Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane announced Friday that Red Hat, Inc. will make the 100 block of East Davie Street in downtown Raleigh its new global headquarters.
The software company has over 4,300 employees in more than 70 offices in 30 countries - over 600 of those are currently employed in the capital city.
Earlier this week, Red Hat said it planned to add at least 1,000 workers this year and increase its workforce by about 20 percent.
"We're moving from maybe one type of sector to a much more advanced and much more modern look at how this city and county is going to grow," Wake County Commissioner Paul Coble said. "It's a great message economically for the area.
With the announcement, the City of Raleigh seeks to establish a growing ecosystem of partners and providers around the open source leader and to bolster Raleigh's reputation as a leading open source community.
The City of Raleigh is also planning to implement open source philosophies and strategies in an effort to make collaboration and transparency with the community a priority.
Since 2007, Raleigh has used Red Hat technology to run the city's business systems including financials, human resources, and geographic information systems.
"The city will continue to use Red Hat software where it can and also be a resource to other local governments that are thinking about using this software," former Raleigh mayor Charles Meeker said.
Red Hat provides affordable technology with its operating system platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Red Hat also offers support, training and consulting services to its customers worldwide. To learn more visit www.redhat.com.