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Research Triangle Regional Partnership Joins International CleanTech Network


Ft. Collins, Colo. - The Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) officially joined the International Cleantech Network (ICN) during a signing ceremony held during the network's recent meeting in Ft. Collins, Colo., held  Jan. 31-Feb. 4.

ICN comprises managers of the globally emerging cleantech cluster, which is focused on developing clean technologies using triple helix economic development strategies. Triple helix refers to strategies that coordinate and leverage academic, industry and government partners and resources.

Attending the ICN event were cluster representatives from Bilbao, Copenhagen, Ft. Collins and Oslo, as well as three from the Research Triangle Region: RTRP senior vice president Lee Anne Nance, vice president of information services Bo Carson, and N.C. State University assistant director for economic development partnership Wade Fulghum.

The ICN (http://internationalcleantechnetwork.net) was initiated in 2009 by Copenhagen Capacity, a partner of the Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster. ICN's mission is to create direct value for players located in the cleantech clusters (companies, universities and research institutions, local authorities, etc.) through a strong global cleantech network. Its activities include both dialogue and concrete initiatives to link the global cleantech network to promote innovation and the growth of companies in the sector.

Events in Ft. Collins included tours of the National Renewable Energy Lab, Engines and Energy Conversion Lab and InteGrid Laboratory, as well as local companies, such as Woodward, which designs and manufactures energy control systems and components for aircraft and industrial engines and turbines.

A panel discussion featured representatives of several Colorado cleantech companies talking about their industry challenges and opportunities. Network members were briefed on FortZED, an initiative to transform the downtown area of Ft. Collins and the main campus of Colorado State University into a net Zero Energy District through conservation, efficiency, renewable sources and smart technologies.

The Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) is a public-private partnership that coordinates economic development for the Research Triangle Region, home of The Research Triangle Park and the 13 central-North Carolina counties of Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake and Warren. For more information, visit www.researchtriangle.org.