State of Research Triangle Region Event May 22

2014 State of the Research Triangle Region

Impact of higher education focus of annual presentation

Research Triangle Region, NC (February 19, 2014) -- Industry and community leaders will gain a perspective of the region's economy at the State of the Research Triangle Region event on May 22 at the Sheraton Imperial. The Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP), along with presenting sponsors PNC and the Research Triangle Foundation, will host the annual event. This year the event will focus on the impact of higher education on the Triangle's economic growth and business trends.

This event, typically attended by more than 900 regional leaders, provides insight into the continuing growth of the region. Topics will include employment and job growth as well as new industries and evolving opportunities as the Triangle region continues to outperform other areas of the country.

PNC Regional President Paula Fryland noted that a key attraction of the area when the bank entered the region was the abundance of available talent. "Operating in a market with such extensive higher education assets provides access to talent and fuels strong economic growth for the region, creating value for our company and our shareholders."

"The university system and business leaders have a rich heritage of banding together to promote innovation and economic growth." said Bob Geolas, president and CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation. "That partnership continues to make this region part of the global conversation about how an excellent higher education system has the power to transform lives and businesses." 

Charles Hayes, president and CEO of the RTRP connected the importance of higher education to regional businesses, "We work with a variety of entities to utilize the assets in this area to build new solutions, new industries, new jobs and new modes of thinking. That results in a strong, innovative regional economy that can compete against any in the world." 

Those interested in sponsoring or attending the State of the Research Triangle Region event should contact Emmit Owens or 919-334-4076.

About The Research Triangle Regional Partnership

The Research Triangle Regional Partnership leads economic development for the 15-county Research Triangle Region of North Carolina, comprised of Chatham, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Nash, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake and Warren counties. RTRP comprises economic development agencies who work with the N.C. Department of Commerce and a wide range of partners to ensure the region remains economically competitive. For more information, visit  For information on the State of the Region event, go to .


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