Research Triangle Regional Partnership Executives, Partners Hit the Road to Market the Region

RESEARCH TRIANGLE REGION, N.C. (August 31, 2015) – Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) executives head to key U.S. and international destinations this fall to market the region for investment.

Research Triangle RegionConferences, speaking engagements and forums will provide opportunities for RTRP to connect with company prospects and site selection consultants in China and Israel as well as Anchorage, Chicago, Cleveland and Denver.

“Relationships are critical,” said RTRP President and CEO Charles A. Hayes. “It’s a big world and we face intense competition for investment. We must be out there meeting decision makers face to face, letting them know why their bottom line will be better served by locating or expanding their business in the Research Triangle Region or partnering with our companies.”

Here are highlights of RTRP’s intensive fall travel schedule:

  • Sept. 1-9 – Executive Vice President Lee Anne Nance travels to Beijing and Hunan province in China to learn more about the country’s growing interest in offshoring advanced manufacturing to the United States, particularly in cleantech, and pitch the region for investment.
  • Sept. 17-19 – Nance joins developers from other regions in Denver for a marketing summit to discuss economic development best practices with site selection consultants. Development Counsellors International, the tourism and economic development consultancy, will host the summit.
  •  Sept. 28-29 – Nance joins colleagues from the region and Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina meeting with company prospects at the Industrial Asset Management Council’s (IAMC) Fall 2015 Professional Forum in Cleveland.  IAMC is the leading association of industrial asset management and corporate real estate executives, their suppliers and service providers, and economic developers. Other members of the regional delegation are: John C. Geib, director, N.C. Economic Development for Duke Energy; Oppie Jordan, vice president, Carolinas Gateway Partnership; Jennifer Lantz, executive director of Wilson Economic Development Council and a member of the IAMC board; and Carl Rees, senior economic developer, ElectriCities of North Carolina.
  • Oct. 1 – Hayes and Dan Parks, senior director, strategy and innovation, for N.C. State University’s Office of Outreach & Engagement, travel to Anchorage to speak at the International Economic Development Council’s 2015 annual conference, “ED + Ed: Partnering to Bridge the Gap.” Hayes will speak on the connection between research universities and advanced manufacturing, and how both combine to boost the regional economy. Park will speak on leveraging institutional assets.
  • Oct. 8-17 – Nance joins other N.C. and southeastern U.S. economic developers for the Water Technology and Environmental Control Exhibition and Conference (WATEC) in Tel Aviv. She will meet with companies interested in developing a presence in the United States. Five Israeli companies already operate in the region. Water and environmental technology are key regional strengths and areas of opportunity for the region’s cleantech cluster.
  • Oct. 26-30 – Nance and Debbie Taylor, RTRP vice president for business development, travel to Chicago to meet with site selection consultants. They will explore opportunities for client companies seeking a location that match the region’s targeted clusters of information technologies, life sciences and cleantech.

Events like these help RTRP identify prospects, expand its network and promote the region’s brand globally. 

Anyone with contacts in these markets that may be interested in locating or expanding in the Research Triangle Region are encouraged to contact Nance at (919) 840-7372 or

About the Research Triangle Regional Partnership

The Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) leads economic development for the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina. RTRP works to generate competitive advantage and economic growth for member counties and investors. For more information, visit or follow @TriangleRegion.

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