Research Triangle Region, N.C. - Two of the region’s top professional services firms, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP and McKim & Creed, have joined the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC).
Kilpatrick Townsend, a law firm serving clients from 17 offices around the world, has a growing clean energy project development team with extensive experience in solar, wind, biomass and biofuels.
McKim & Creed provides engineering, geomatics (surveying/mapping) and sustainable design services along with a corporate commitment to work that promotes clean water, safe communities, and sustainable and renewable energy solutions.
“These companies provide vital services, deep industry knowledge and a passion for clean energy and sustainable development,” said Lee Anne Nance, RTCC managing director and executive vice president of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP), which created and manages the RTCC. “They are key players in developing and deploying innovations from idea to end use. We are fortunate they have stepped forward to help us accelerate the growth and impact of our region’s cleantech cluster.”
Membership in the RTCC will help both companies maintain close ties with companies at the leading edge of a cluster expected to become a major driver of the region’s economy, company officials said. The RTCC also formalizes a collaborative regional cleantech effort both companies have pushed for many years.
“We’re looking to expand business relationships in this sector,” said Gary Joyner, managing partner for Kilpatrick Townsend’s Raleigh office. “This initiative allows us to be a valued partner of companies that are involved in cutting-edge technology in the sector. Bigger picture, we really believe in the potential and promise of this sector to our region and our community. Everyone in this community will benefit if we get this right.”
Joyner, chair-elect of RTRP and board member since 2004, has participated in the region’s economic development efforts for more than a decade. Law firm partner Steve Levitas, who will lead the firm's engagement with the RTCC, has been recognized as one of the top environmental lawyers in the country. Former deputy secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment, Health and Natural Resources and co-founder and former director of the North Carolina Environmental Defense Fund, Levitas brings experience in every aspect of environmental regulatory and clean energy matters, particularly renewable energy project development, wastewater permitting and compliance, wetland and stream permitting and mitigation, water policy, and remediation and redevelopment of contaminated property. He also serves as general counsel to the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance and Southeast Coastal Wind Coalition.
Engineering firm McKim & Creed, too, brings extensive and long-term experience and credentials in sustainable development.
“Pretty much everything we do is directed toward clean water and clean energy,” said Tim Baldwin PE, senior vice president for McKim & Creed. “We have been involved in the application of emerging technologies in many aspects of clean energy and sustainable development – from providing clean, safe drinking water and clean, reusable wastewater, to deploying cutting-edge innovations in physical measurement, mapping and data management, to implementing renewable energy solutions with our building and energy infrastructure work.”
The firm has been focused on clean water for more than three decades. McKim & Creed professionals participated in stakeholder groups that helped develop and modify clean water rules in several southeastern states, and the company provided planning and design services for many of the earliest water reuse projects in North Carolina, Florida, Virginia and Georgia.
“It’s always been frustrating to me that in an industry so heavily regulated, like water, we’re often forced to work in silos when you know the best solutions are cross functional,” Baldwin said. “RTCC is the embodiment of getting a diverse, cross-functional team of very bright, creative people together to create a holistic, comprehensive, best-of-breed solution that none of us could do on our own. That’s what we thrive on.”
Both Kilpatrick Townsend and McKim & Creed joined RTCC at the $15,000 professional services membership level.
RTCC’s membership recruiting campaign continues. Anyone working in the cleantech economy can participate in the cluster network at no cost through participation in cluster-wide meetings and work groups. Paying members receive greater access to global market leaders and opportunities to leverage the RTCC collaboration to expand their business. They also help RTCC develop solutions to industry challenges, such as talent recruitment, workforce development and policies that impact business growth. For more information, visit www.researchtrianglecleantech.org.
About Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Kilpatrick Townsend has more than 620 lawyers in 17 offices extending into the four corners of the continental United States, Asia and Europe, including: Atlanta, Ga.; Augusta, Ga.; Charlotte, N.C.; Denver, Colo.; Los Angeles, Calif.; New York, N.Y.; Raleigh, N.C.; San Diego, Calif.; San Francisco, Calif.; Seattle, Wash.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; Walnut Creek, Calif.; Washington, D.D.; Winston-Salem, N.C.; Shanghai; Stockholm; and Tokyo. For more information, visit www.kilpatricktownsend.com. Follow the firm on Twitter: @KTS_Law.
About McKim & Creed
McKim & Creed is an employee-owned firm with more than 350 staff members in offices throughout the United States, including North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Texas and Virginia. The company, which is headquartered in Raleigh, offers civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering services, as well as airborne and mobile LiDAR, subsurface utility engineering, hydrographic and conventional surveying services for the municipal, energy, development and institutional markets. For more information about McKim & Creed, visit www.mckimcreed.com.
About Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster
The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) is an initiative of business, government, academic and nonprofit leaders working to accelerate the region’s cleantech economy through collaboration and partnerships that promote innovation and sector growth. The Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) formed and manages the RTCC with funding from industry board members ABB Inc., Cisco Systems, Duke Energy, Field2Base Inc., Itron Inc., Power Analytics Corp., PowerSecure International, RTI International, SAS, Schneider Electric, Sensus and Siemens and its members. RTRP is the public-private partnership that leads economic development strategy for the area within a 60-mile radius of the Raleigh-Durham International Airport and the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina.