Building a "Smart" Region is Focus of 2015 State of the Research Triangle Region

RESEARCH TRIANGLE REGION, N.C. (May 11, 2015) – PSNC Energy is known as a natural gas provider, but as a major transporter of fuel, it also part of the region’s network of technology-enabled transportation and logistics enterprises that create “smart mobility,” a key piece of a “smart region.”

Regional business leaders will examine the qualities that define a smart region, how the Research Triangle Region stacks up, and what it can mean for the region’s economic future and quality of life at the 2015 State of the Research Triangle Region event scheduled for May 21 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham. 

“Our region possesses the critical assets needed to be a leader in smart region development. Each of us has a role to play,” said George Ratchford, vice president of operations at PSNC Energy. “Success will give the companies in our region a PSNC Energysignificant competitive edge, enhance the quality of life for our communities and position us to compete for jobs and investment, now and in the future.”

PSNC Energy joins the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Chatham Park as presenting sponsors for the State of the Research Triangle Region event, hosted by the Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP). Nearly 1,000 business and community leaders are expected to attend the annual economic development forum. The event will also celebrate and reflect on 25 years since the RTRP formed to lead regional economic development.

Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $100 for individuals and $1,000 for a corporate table of 10. Registration is available online at

Sponsors for the 2015 State of the Research Triangle Region also include Platinum Sponsors Biogen and Wells Fargo.

Visit to register or learn about sponsorship opportunities. For more information, contact the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, (919) 840-7372 or

The Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) leads economic development for the 15-county region that surrounds the Research Triangle Region and Raleigh-Durham International Airport. For more information, visit

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Contact: Terry Naegelen, Vice President, Operations, 919-840-7372