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Cities Driving Statewide Renewal

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 Charles A. Hayes, CEcD
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Why was NC State chosen to lead the new research consortium?

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 Partners & Allies
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Street Fight

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 Partners & Allies
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What Really Drives the Triangle's Remarkable Success

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 Lee Anne B. Nance
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Healthy Air Means a Healthy Economy

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
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Transformation Through Collaboration in the Research Triangle Region

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 Lee Anne B. Nance
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East Coast Drag Time

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 Partners & Allies
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PSNC Energy is Committed to Safety

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 Partners & Allies
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Dance With Who “Brung” You

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 Partners & Allies
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Tomorrow's Energy Innovations Emerging Today in Research Triangle Region

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 Lee Anne B. Nance
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Recognizing the Economic Benefits of New and Advanced Manufacturing

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 Partners & Allies