Sponsorships Available for 2011 State of the Research Triangle Region

Research Triangle Region, N.C. -- Limited sponsorships, including a naming opportunity, remain available for the 2011 State of the Research Triangle Region set for Thursday, May 26.

IBM joins the Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) in hosting the 2011 event, which will provide data and analysis of the economic health and competitive position of the region and update the community on the region's economic development strategy, The Shape of Things to Come.

More than 800 people are expected to attend the event, held at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center. Tickets and tables go on sale April 1.

Sponsors for the 2011 event are:

* Naming Sponsor: IBM
* Platinum Sponsor: IEM
* Gold Sponsors: Duke Energy, GlaxoSmithKline, Progress Energy, RTI International, Wachovia (a Wells Fargo Company)
* Silver Sponsors: Bank of America, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, ElectriCities, Manpower, Syngenta Biotechnology, Theo Davis Printing, Cisco Systems, Triangle Community Foundation, Novozymes North America
* Bronze Sponsors: American Airlines, First Citizens Bank, Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce/Measurement Incorporated, NAI Carolantic Realty, North Carolina Electric Cooperatives, North Carolina State University Extension, Engagement and Economic Development, O'Brien Atkins, Orange County Economic Development, PSNC Energy, SunTrust Bank, Scynexis, The John R. McAdams Company, The Research Triangle Park, Town of Chapel Hill, Wake County Economic Development, Wake Technical Community College

For information on becoming a sponsor, contact Pam Wall, RTRP vice president of product development, at (919) 840-7372 ext. 24.

RTRP is the the public-private partnership that manages economic development for the 13-county Research Triangle Region of North Carolina, home to The Research Triangle Park and the north-central N.C. counties of Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake and Warren.