Northern Colorado trade mission to North Carolina Research Triangle expected to draw regions closer together

By: InnovatioNews Wednesday October 2, 2013 0 comments Tags: Josh Birks, Loveland, NCEDC, Wade Troxell, Walt Elish

North Carolina Research Triangle logoLOVELAND - A Northern Colorado trade mission to the North Carolina Research Triangle is expected to result in closer ties between the two regions and lessons learned in North Carolina implemented in Northern Colorado.

The trade mission included representatives of the Northern Colorado Economic Development Corporation, the City of Fort Collins Economic Health Department, Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, Front Range Community College, Larimer County Workforce Center and Colorado State University's Office of Engagement and College of Engineering.

The purpose of the mission was to learn more about cluster economic development, regional branding and collaboration.

"It was an excellent opportunity for us to learn from one of the most successful and dynamic regions in the country when it comes to innovation and cluster development," said Josh Birks, Fort Collins' economic health director.

"Economic development has been practiced in the Research Triangle region since the 1950s, so the opportunity to learn and share best practice initiatives with our colleagues from that area was invaluable."

Presentation topics included the Research Triangle Regional Partnership's (RTRP) approach to regional economic development, cluster branding and development in clean tech, life sciences and information technology and a county-wide talent recruitment initiative.

Wade Troxell, associate dean for research and economic development in the CSU College of Engineering, said CSU has a working relationship with the RTRP through the International Cleantech Network.

"The visit to NC State's Centennial Campus and Durham's Underground incubator further solidified our relationship as clean tech partners," Troxell said.

"We are both built on a collaborative triple helix model integrating private sector, public sector and research universities as key to driving innovation and regional economic development."

"This trade mission to the Research Triangle region further enhances Northern Colorado's relationship with this very successful region," said Walt Elish, NCEDC CEO.

"In fact, we look forward to hosting our North Carolina colleagues next month when they attend the meeting of the International Clean Tech Association and the NetZero Cities Symposium in Fort Collins. Relationships are developing between our two regions that may lead to opportunities for both our regions in the future."

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