This week, North Carolina lawmakers on the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Information Technology met with business leaders at Red Hat, a local and world leader in providing open source software. More than 90% of Fortune 500 companies use Red Hat software. The visit to its Raleigh headquarters was to learn more about Red Hat’s operations and business model.
The bipartisan group, including Representative Bell and Representative Jason Saine, and Senators Ralph Hise, Ben Clark and Andrew Brock, met with the CEO and CIO of the company in a public question-and-answer session.
Red Hat is based in Raleigh, but has more than 70 offices in 30 countries. Its new 19-story Raleigh headquarters recently opened, housing 900 employees. The company expects to add nearly 800 jobs worldwide in the next year, many of those here in North Carolina. Lawmakers say Red Hat is an example of the type of economic development they are working to stimulate in the state through this session’s tax reform, investments in post-secondary education and other measures.