Chatham Park and Other Smart Region Building Blocks Examined at 2015 State of the Research Triangle Region

RESEARCH TRIANGLE REGION, N.C. (May 5, 2015) – Chatham Park developers envision the 7,100-plus-acre, master-planned live, work and play community will be a model for smart, sustainable cities. Regional economic developers view it as a keyChatham Park building block for 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, scheduled for May 21 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham. 

“By incorporating the latest sustainable smart power and water technologies, Chatham Park aims to set a new standard for master-planned communities,” said Tim Smith, partner at Preston Development. “Many of these innovations are being developed by regional companies, and together we’ll create a blueprint that can be replicated around the world.”

Chatham Park joins the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and PSNC Energy as presenting sponsors for the State of the Research Triangle Region event, hosted by the Research Triangle Regional Partnership. 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 Research Triangle Regional Partnership 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. Follow us on Twitter at #2015SOR. 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 Park and Raleigh-Durham International Airport. For more information, visit

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