Cisco Joins Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster Board

May 7, 2013

CiscoResearch Triangle Region, N.C.Cisco, the global leader in networking, has joined the board of the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC).

Wes Sylvester, Connected Energy sales and business development, will represent Cisco on the RTCC board.

“Population growth, urbanization and climate change require that we make smarter use of all of our planet’s resources,” Sylvester said. “Cisco is the platform on which we’ll do that, building connected, sustainable communities of the future. We see great value and tremendous potential for accelerating innovation in this area by working closely with other world-leading cleantech companies in the region.”

The RTCC is a regional initiative to expand the 13-county Research Triangle Region's clean technology economy and position it as a leading location in the world for smart grids, advanced transportation, water technologies, renewable energy and energy efficiency. RTCC Managing Director Lee Anne Nance said Cisco’s participation provides a significant boost to the cluster’s work.

“Cisco's experience in building smart, connected and sustainable communities accelerates cleantech innovation and deployment,” Nance said. “We are fortunate the company shares our vision and commitment to advancing both the sector and the Research Triangle Region’s preeminence in this high-growth industry.”

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Research Triangle Cleantech ClusterThe Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster is an initiative of business, government, academic and nonprofit leaders working to accelerate the cleantech economy, and is led by an 11-member board. The Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) formed and manages the RTCC with funding from its industry board members: ABB Inc., Cisco, Duke Energy, Field2Base Inc., Power Analytics Corp., PowerSecure International, RTI International, SAS, Schneider Electric, Sensus and Siemens. RTRP is the public-private partnership that leads economic development strategy for the 13-county Research Triangle Region of North Carolina. For more information, visit

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Media Contacts:

RTRP: Lee Anne Nance, (919) 334-4075,

Cisco: Bessie Wang, (408) 526-6009,