Economic development has traditionally focused on job creation, wealth attraction and business formation that address the wants and needs of today’s businesses and communities. But more and more, practitioners of our field are tuning into the challenges associated with maximizing present-day opportunities while also preserving prosperity and livability for future generations.March 18, 2015 |
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 |
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 |
At SXSW Eco in Austin, a panel of experts discussed how to build and sustain a cleantech cluster of public and private partnerships to progress renewable energy.
"Cleantech cluster" is not the most innovative term, and even the people who have made careers out of it don't particularly care for it. But as buzzwords go, this one is starting to catch fire.October 8, 2014 |
Sponsored by the National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS), the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), and the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science, the "Data Matters: Data Science Summer Workshop Series" is a week-long series of classes for researchers, data analysts, and other individuals who wish to increase their skills in data studies and integrate data science methods into their research designs and skill sets. Scholars, analysts, and researchers from all disciplines and industries are welcome.June 27, 2014 |