Economic activity in the 21st Century tends to congeal near international airports, research universities, teaching hospitals and tech-rich communications networks. Most people today like to be near such amenities (as well as high-quality retail and entertainment attractions), and so do companies. Though they hold little regard for state borders, county lines or city limits, businesses seek locations within reach of the right workers. That places a premium on quality transportation, housing, education, healthcare and other community assets.March 21, 2014 | by
What an historic day! Campbell University and Harnett Health System signed a partnership agreement to transform healthcare in Harnett County and beyond. Both organizations will collaboratively work to achieve all aspects of a major and comprehensive healthcare community.February 25, 2014 | by
Indeed, the Research Triangle Region is an epicenter for cleantech corporate locations and echoes the conference’s theme of technology convergence. And the market-shaping technologies announced at DistribuTECH mean dollars and jobs landing in our region.February 11, 2014 | by
This has been an incredible week for the Research Triangle Region, Raleigh, and NC State University. Here are a couple more quick thoughts . . .January 17, 2014 | by
President Obama announced yesterday the creation of the $140 million Next Generation Power Electronics Institute which will be headquartered at NC State’s Centennial Campus. The Institute will be a consortium of companies and universities that will develop the next generation of energy efficient electronic chips and devices.January 16, 2014 | by
A lot is being said about various threats to the electric utility business model. At their root, many of those threats are really a fundamental misalignment between utilities’ revenue model and their customers’ own financial needs and service preferences. More often than not, solar PV figures centrally in these conversations. But a new and unexpected threat is emerging: street lights.December 18, 2013 | by
The Research Triangle Region’s cluster-based approach to job growth and business development is a proven winner. Since July 2009, when we launched our “Shape of Things to Come” strategic plan, new jobs and economic investment arriving here through business expansions and relocations have been closely linked to our 11 target industry clusters.December 3, 2013 | by
Meeting of the Minds (MotM), an international gathering of companies and people working in urban sustainability, met for two days in Toronto in September and the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) was there to take notes and look for opportunities to connect our members to their mission.November 12, 2013 | by
When I tell people I work for an air quality education program that is housed within an economic development organization, I often get surprised looks. It’s an opportunity to explain the vital connection between the two topics: good air quality means strong economic development potential.October 28, 2013
My organization, the Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP), has been at the economic development game for more than two decades. RTRP leads economic development strategy for—and works with a wide range of partners to market—the region within a sixty-mile radius of the Research Triangle Park (RTP).September 27, 2013 | by
It began as an informal backyard barbeque among a handful of drag racers. The racing camaraderie, stories and fun of that day quickly developed into a hugely popular assembly of the east coast’s best known drag racers.September 25, 2013 | by
The Research Triangle Region of North Carolina consistently sits at the top of “best place” lists – to live, grow a company or raise a family. Our reputation is an open secret, and the region is expected to add 40,000 new residents a year over the next twenty years.September 19, 2013 | by
Lee Anne Nance, Executive Vice President of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) is one of 350 invited international delegates to Meeting of the Minds 2013 in Toronto from September 9-11, 2013.September 10, 2013 | by
Part of ElectriCities’ core purpose is promoting a more successful future for our citizens. An important component of that purpose is sparking economic growth in the communities we serve.August 9, 2013 | by
Interview: Lee Anne Nance, Managing Director, Research Triangle Region Clean Tech Cluster
When it comes to entrepreneurs and investors, most business people are familiar with the venture capital route as a (potential) path to glory....
One such organization is the Research Triangle Region Clean Tech Cluster ...July 30, 2013 | by
It doesn’t take much to convince us to travel to Paris in the springtime. Or the summer, for that matter. The wine, the cheese, the cosmopolitan flair….
And the exceptional mix of life science and clean technology companies interested in U.S. expansion opportunities.July 23, 2013 | by
Wise words from a wise man. And ones that have never been truer when it comes to communities pulling together to build a common identity that is viable and visible to the rest of the world.July 18, 2013 | by
Signs of economic recovery in the Research Triangle Region are apparent from recent home sales numbers and new home starts. New construction activity, whether residential, commercial or industrial, is welcome news for our region, but safety remains vitally important, particularly as it relates to construction work that involves digging.June 28, 2013 | by
In the world of economic development, it is big news to land a new company. The media loves to do stories on the new guy coming to town. But what about those companies that are already here?June 25, 2013 | by
The promise of the July 2012 Duke Energy / Progress Energy Merger has begun to play out in Research Triangle Region economic development. Specifically, Duke Energy rolled out its Site Readiness Program and has selected several sites in the Region to participate.June 20, 2013 | by
I’ll start with, our accolades:
- In 2009, Raleigh was one of the first three cities to join “Project Get Ready,” a Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Readiness Initiative from the Rocky Mountain Institute.
What do you get when you combine swine manure with heat and pressure?
A team from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University gets “PiGrid,” glue that holds asphalt together better and more cheaply than petroleum-based products on the market today. PiGrid also captures harmful greenhouse gases in the process, gives hog farmers an eco-friendly way to dispose of waste and offers a new industry opportunity for farmers and rural entrepreneurs.June 14, 2013 | by
Foreign Trade Zone. This may not be the first three-word phrase that comes to mind for most of us, but for Dudson China, Revlon, Merck, Southern Lithoplate and others who use the region’s Foreign Trade Zone #93, it may be synonymous with those three little words from movies and song - I love you.June 11, 2013 | by
Did you know between 1990-2009 North Carolina averaged 1,337 manufacturing startups each year yet nearly 85 percent of these companies have fewer than 25 employees? The benefits of this changing sector are obvious – for every $1 of output, up to $1.35 is generated elsewhere in the economy. North Carolina and its local communities are in the midst of a manufacturing revolution.June 6, 2013 | by