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Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster Board Adopts Acceleration Plan


October 29, 2012

Research Triangle Region, N.C. – Founding members of the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) board of directors in October adopted a work plan they hope will propel the region to global prominence in a key emerging area of technology and business development.

“Our region is home to hundreds of cleantech companies that employ thousands of workers,” said Ed White, chairman of Field2Base, who is chairman of the RTCC advisory board and a founding member of the RTCC board of directors. “We see unlimited potential for growth. Our goal is to accelerate that growth by taking steps necessary for our region to become a global leader in cleantech innovation and a top destination for cleantech companies.”

Seeds for the region’s cleantech cluster were sown in 1954, when Westinghouse moved its electricity meter division from Newark, N.J. to Raleigh. Today, the 13-county Research Triangle Region of North Carolina boasts more than 500 companies, a critical mass of researchers and a range of support organizations involved in supporting economic and technological growth in cleantech-related industries.

The International Cleantech Network (ICN) acknowledged the region's cleantech strength in 2011, when it invited RTCC to join its exclusive network of 15 regional members around the world as one of only two North American partners.

“The RTCC works closely with ICN partners around the world - including Singapore and regions in France, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Italy and Spain - to showcase the Research Triangle Region’s cleantech assets and facilitate connections between our local experts and cluster contacts worldwide," said Lee Anne Nance, senior vice president of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) and managing director of the RTCC.

RTRP, which leads economic development for the region, formed the RTCC to market and expand the region’s presence in cleantech, particularly smart grid, advanced transportation, water technologies, renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Nine companies have each committed $25,000 a year for three years to join the cluster board. Cluster board members will steer the RTCC’s work and help build a global network of academic, business and government organizations to support it.

“These nine industry-leading companies are clearly focused and passionately committed to ensuring that our region remains a key North American hub for this global growth industry,” Nance said. “We are confident their leadership and industry expertise will effectively guide the cluster's activities. We are eager to recruit three additional companies that share their vision and drive for pursuing this game-changing initiative.”

The RTCC’s three-fold mission is to: innovate to make the region’s clean technology companies more successful, accelerate the growth of the region’s clean technology economy, and sustain and grow a world-class clean technology cluster. The RTCC’s work plan for year one calls for building global networks for research and business development, supporting and connecting the region's burgeoning entrepreneurship community, talent attraction and targeted workforce development, and facilitating industry-led discussion of effective public policies.

Founding RTCC board members and their companies are:

- Mark Ascolese, Power Analytics Corporation

- Allen Burchett, ABB Inc.

- Tim Fairchild, SAS

- Scott Henneberry, Schneider Electric

- Sidney Hinton, Power Secure International

- Lee Mazzochi, Duke Energy

- Kevin O’Hara, Siemens Smart Grid Division

- Ed White, Field2Base Inc.

- Matt Zafuto, Sensus

For more information on the RTCC, contact Nance at (919) 840-7372 ext. 4075 or lnance@researchtriangle.org.

The Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) is the public-private organization that leads economic development for the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina, home to Research Triangle Park and the 13 counties of Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake and Warren. For information, visit www.researchtriangle.org, call (919) 840-7372 or e-mail rtrp@researchtriangle.org

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Contact: Lee Anne Nance, (919) 840-7372, ext. 4075