Ten years ago, North Carolina’s inaugural Sustainable Energy Conference hosted a few hundred government, academic and nonprofit representatives discussing ways to improve environmental protection and energy efficiency in the state.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago and more than 1,000 people – including executives from top energy companies around the globe – convened to vision and plan how to change the energy landscape for the Research Triangle Region, North Carolina and the world.May 16, 2013 | blog-talent cluster-cleantech blog-information-technology asset-triple-helix asset-infrastructure asset-business-climate asset-education blog-entrepreneur-development blog-cleantech blog-economic-development region-research-triangle-region asset-cross-pollination asset-talent
April was a great month for the tech sector with lots on deck over the near term.
There was a lot of activity at Capitol, as Governor McCrory released his new budget. NCTA’s CEO Brooks Raiford has a recap of the Governor’s budget and some of our recent small group meetings with key legislators to discuss North Carolina tax reform. You can read more in his public policy blog post.May 10, 2013 | blog-talent blog-economic-development region-research-triangle-region asset-talent
Cisco, the global leader in networking, has joined the board of the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC).May 7, 2013 | cluster-cleantech asset-triple-helix asset-business-climate type-news region-research-triangle-region asset-cross-pollination
Person County is located north of the City of Durham/Durham County and is an energy producing rich county. When Duke Power and Progress Energy recently merged to create the new Duke Energy, the nation’s largest utility, the “new Duke” now has two of Progress Energy’s large steam electric generating plants in Person County.May 7, 2013 | cluster-cleantech asset-infrastructure region-person blog-cleantech blog-economic-development region-research-triangle-region
As a kid, I enjoyed growing up near and vacationing at the Crystal Coast of North Carolina or what others call the Southern Outer Banks (SOBX). The sounds of the waves crashing, the salty smell of sea mist and the summertime breeze provides times for relaxation, but then reality sets in.May 3, 2013 | blog-quality-of-place blog-economic-development region-research-triangle-region
“Numbers are meaningless without leadership,” accountants like to say.
They’re right. Take unemployment rates: these important monthly snapshots make their way into news headlines, offering hope or despair to those searching for a better job – or any job. But are these figures a reliable measure when comparing the economic vitality of communities, regions, states or nations?April 25, 2013 | blog-talent asset-business-climate blog-economic-development region-research-triangle-region asset-talent
While the rest of the nation is slowly awakening from its economic slumber, Wake County is one of 14 major markets, out of 102, that now has more jobs than it did prerecession. The combined announcements of MetLife and Ipreo Holdings will bring 1,450 jobs to Wake County, solidifying that the Greater Raleigh area is a top location for companies to relocate and expand.April 19, 2013 | region-wake blog-talent blog-information-technology cluster-pervasive-computing asset-business-climate blog-economic-development region-research-triangle-region asset-talent
The words of the great philosopher Bob Dylan echo in my mind as I watch the video we are releasing today.
Come gather 'round people wherever you roam and admit that the waters around you have grown. And accept it that soon you'll be drenched to the bone. If your time to you is worth savin', then you better start swimmin' or you'll sink like a stone. For the times they are a-changin'.April 8, 2013 | blog-quality-of-place asset-triple-helix asset-business-climate asset-education blog-economic-development region-research-triangle-region asset-cross-pollination asset-quality-of-place region-harnett cluster-advanced-medical-care
The U.S. Department of Energy’s second annual ACC Clean Energy Business Plan Challenge will arrive at NC State next week and the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster is putting an amazing team of companies on the court to help host the student teams and judge the competition.April 4, 2013 | blog-talent cluster-cleantech asset-business-climate blog-cleantech blog-economic-development region-research-triangle-region
In 2004, when NC Solar Center launched the Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series, the idea was to create a series of comprehensive, immersive and interdisciplinary workshops that would push the growing community of renewable enthusiasts out of their garages to get them to make a living out of their passion. Even then, North Carolina had one of the best tax credits in the country, and NC GreenPower was the darling program that would expand the market for these green technologies.March 29, 2013 | blog-talent cluster-cleantech asset-triple-helix asset-infrastructure blog-cleantech blog-economic-development region-research-triangle-region asset-talent