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Duke Energy

“The State of the Research Triangle Region adds value as a showcase for regional innovation. It also fosters cohesion and collaboration among Triangle leaders, which is perhaps the single asset that puts the Research Triangle Region on the short list of global business destinations.”

John Geib, Duke Energy’s director of economic development for North Carolina

July 20, 2015 |
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What a Smart Region Looks Like Today…. and Tomorrow

The 900+ attendees of last month’s State of the Research Triangle Region meeting heard examples of what it means to be smart in today’s world: smart companies, smart governments, smart communities and smart people. Strong role models exist in every corner of our region – far more than could be detailed in one morning.

But numbers also tell the story of how the Research Triangle Region is blazing a trail in today’s Knowledge Economy.

June 30, 2015 |
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JDIG Creates Rural Jobs? Yes!

North Carolina needs job-creation policies that support the success of all these companies and communities.

At the moment, JDIG is among the few ties binding them.

May 7, 2015 |
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NAI Carolantic Realty

“We’re in constant contact with economic development allies in promoting the area and working with companies looking to relocate to this region.”

Jimmy Barnes, president of NAI Carolantic Realty

April 14, 2015 |
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ARPA-E: Funding and Support Available for Energy Innovation

A little-known but highly effective federal agency is helping companies develop energy technologies not yet ready for venture investment.

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is the U.S. Department of Energy’s version of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the agency credited with developing the Internet and GPS. While DARPA promotes the development of new technologies for the military, ARPA-E invests in disruptive ideas to create America’s future energy technologies.

January 15, 2015 |
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Keys to Smart Grid Success? Integration, Public Policy

While technological advances and consumer demands accelerate the pace of innovation in electric power generation, distribution and consumption, it is grid integration and public policies that ultimately will determine how rapidly and well those advances are deployed.

This was the consensus expressed by energy experts convened at the first-ever Energy Thought Summit at Research Triangle in Raleigh Nov. 12 to examine the complexities facing an electric power industry being turned on its head by rapid change.

December 2, 2014 |
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State of Research Triangle Region Event Highlights Regional Economic Growth

Whether facilitating world-leading talent or drawing billions of dollars in research funding, higher education institutions have been at the heart of the Research Triangle Region’s economic success, business leaders told a gathering of over 900 at today’s State of the Research Triangle Region breakfast in Durham. The annual event highlighted accomplishments for the region during the past 12 months, including corporate relocations and expansions, the addition of new hard assets and progress made toward the region’s five-year strategic plan.

May 22, 2014 |
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Solid Waste and Smart Cities

It’s true: the buzzwords that come with talk of “smart cities”–smart economy, mobility, environment, people, living, and governance–don’t include the word “trash.” It’s also true that solid waste management has not had a prominent place in conversations about how to build a smart city.

May 12, 2014 |
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High-speed Internet in the Economic Driver’s Seat

We can all agree that technology is key to our economic growth and opportunity. But how we leverage today’s innovations for everyone’s benefit is a more complex question. Leveraging technology begins and ends with how we access it. Increasingly, that requires access to ultra high-speed broadband networks.

April 25, 2014 |
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Utility Analytics Summit 2014

Utilities today face challenges that were not part of the equation for most of the industry’s 100-year history. With the realization of the smart grid — and its two-way communications networks and millions of intelligent devices — utility staffers are at the forefront of not only how to manage the influx of data, but how to leverage it for business improvement across many different functions.

April 12, 2014 |