Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster Recruits Members, Hosts Fall Networking Meeting

August 26, 2013

Research Triangle Cleantech ClusterResearch Triangle Region, N.C. -- The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) is reaching out to recruit key new member companies that will invest $15,000 a year to accelerate their business growth and the region’s cleantech economy.

They will join an elite group of 11 founding board member companies – all market leaders – that are investing $25,000 each year to advance the cluster and access the opportunities RTCC membership provides.  

“Our region is a global leader in the cleantech sector and our goal is to keep it that way,” said RTCC Chairman Ed White, chairman and CEO of Field2Base Inc. “We do that by recruiting highly competitive innovation leaders in smart grid, smart water and smart transportation and giving them knowledge, networks and support to grow their companies. Their success is our success. It’s a win-win proposition.”

Anyone working in the cleantech economy can participate in the cluster network at no cost. Paying members receive greater access to market leaders and opportunities and greater voice in steering the cluster’s work. Annual membership categories are: Partner $25,000, Director $25,000, Member $15,000, Affiliate $3,000 and Start-Up $500.

The $15,000 Member category is designed for mid-sized firms that want market exposure and networking along with access to key projects, market intelligence and strategic partnership opportunities. Members leverage the RTCC collaboration to expand their business opportunities and develop solutions to the industry’s challenges, such as talent recruitment, workforce development and policies that impact business growth. RTCC helps members gain exposure and access to global market leaders. Membership requires board approval.

Companies interested in learning more and any business, government, academic and nonprofit leader working in the cleantech economy are invited to attend the fall cluster-wide meeting and networking barbecue on Thursday, Aug. 29, at Duke University in Durham.

The cluster meeting will be held from 3-5 p.m., and feature a briefing on the newly released cluster study that shows the rapid growth, size and significance of the region's cleantech sector.

The networking barbecue follows from 5-7 p.m. hosted by Duke’s Energy Initiative at its new Energy Hub and Southwest Portico. Parking is available.

RSVP or get more information by contacting cluster program manager Christa Wagner Vinson, or 919-334-4078.

The 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 of directors. The Research Triangle Regional Partnership formed and manages the RTCC with funding from industry members ABB Inc., Cisco Systems, Duke Energy, Field2Base Inc., Power Analytics Corp., PowerSecure International, RTI International, SAS, Schneider Electric, Sensus and Siemens. RTRP is a public-private partnership that leads economic development strategy for the area within a 60-mile radius of the Raleigh-Durham International Airport and the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. For more information, visit

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