RTRP is your partner, connection, advocate, and guide.

The Research Triangle Regional Partnership is an economic development organization sustained by and committed to 13 core counties located in Central North Carolina.

We serve as a connector between businesses looking to expand or relocate, and the economic development offices, government agencies, and business organizations that support private sector growth.

Acting as proud ambassadors, we introduce companies and organizations to a region that offers incredible access to diverse talent, a competitive cost of living, a strong and diverse economic climate, a supportive infrastructure, and quality of life that is second to none.

Our primary goal is to market the region to external audiences on why the Research Triangle Region is the best place to live and do business.

Our Team

Ryan Combs portrait

Ryan Combs

Louise Warenda portrait

Louise Warenda

2022-23 Board of Directors

Farad Ali*Chairman of the Board
Michael Landguth
RDU Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority
Ryan Combs*
RTRP Executive Director
Jim Hansen*
PNC Immediate Past Chairman of the Board
Scott Levitan*
The Research Foundation of North Carolina
Adrienne Cole Secretary
Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
Adam Klein* Board Treasurer
American Underground
Chris BellChair Elect

Chatham County

C. Michael Smith* Chatham County Economic Development Corporation
Chris Ehrenfeld Bold NC
Franklin Gomez Chatham County Flores Board of Commissioner

Durham County

Geoff Durham* Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce
John L. Atkins (past chair) O’Brien/Atkins
James H. Sills, III M&F Bank
Greg Capps Longfellow Real Estate Partners 
Nimasheena Burns, Commissioner
Marcus Acheson* Little

Franklin County

Richie Duncan* Franklin County EDC
Mike Elder Novozymes North America Inc.
Fred Keller Wake Electric Membership Corporation

Granville County

Harry Mills Granville County EDC
Allen Winston* Winston International, LTD.
Javier Hernandez Ontic

Harnett County

Christian Lockamy Harnett County Economic Development
Dr. Lisa Chapman
Central Carolina Community College
Lew Weatherspoon Commissioner

Johnston County

Chris Johnson* Johnston County ED
Kevin Dougherty* Adventure Development
Randy Jones

Lee County

Jimmy Randolph Sanford Area Growth Alliance
Donnie Oldham* Sanford Contractors
Jimmy Keen Truist

Nash County

J. Andrew (Andy) Hagy Nash County Economic Development
Robbie B. Davis* Nash County Board of Commissioners

Orange County

Steve Brantley Orange County Economic Development
Don Hobart* The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Person County

Brandy Lynch Person County Economic Development
Gordon Powell* Person County Board of Commissioners
Phillip Allen Economic Development Member

Wake County

Chris Cooper MetLife
Leigh Bleecker Duke Raleigh Hospital
Beth Tyner Jones Womble Bond Dickinson
Buzz Crosby Martin Marietta
Jimmy Goodmon. Capital Broadcasting Company
Mike Golden Wells Fargo Community Bank
Beena Matthew Bank of America

Warren County

Charla Duncan Warren County Economic Development
Brady Martin* Warren County
Jim Whitley

Wilson County

Jennifer Lantz Wilson Economic Development
Jack Wiggins*
Towe Insurance
Lee Stephenson
Stephenson Millwork Company

At-Large Members

Moss Withers* Lee & Associates
Derek Chen* Strategic International
Kimarie Ankenbrand* JLL

*Denotes Executive Committee Member