Research Triangle Region, N.C. – Charlotte-based energy services company Piedmont Natural Gas has joined the board of directors of the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC), the initiative of business, government, academic and nonprofit leaders working to accelerate the region’s cleantech economy.
“Piedmont Natural Gas is a long-time partner of economic development and offers our cluster broad expertise and connections across the energy space,” said Lee Anne Nance, RTCC managing director and executive vice president of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, which created and manages the RTCC. “We are delighted they have stepped forward to help shape and steer the growth of the region’s cleantech cluster.”
George Baldwin, managing director of government relations and sustainability at Piedmont Natural Gas, said the company’s participation is a natural extension of its economic development efforts across North Carolina. The company serves 70 percent of the state, including some Research Triangle Region counties, and is a member of all of North Carolina’s economic development partnerships.
“Economic development is the lifeblood of a utility,” Baldwin said. “That’s what drives the growth of our customer base and keeps our company successful and growing.”
The company welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with cluster companies at the forefront of developing and deploying new technologies as well as working together on issues of competitiveness, he said.
“Workforce development is a challenge for all of us,” Baldwin said. “To the extent we can attract talented workers to North Carolina we’ll be able to pull from that pool. So that is a key area of interest for us.”
About Piedmont Natural Gas
Piedmont Natural Gas is an energy services company primarily engaged in the distribution of natural gas to more than 1 million residential, commercial, industrial and power generation customers in portions of North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, including customers served by municipalities who are wholesale customers. Its subsidiaries are invested in joint venture, energy-related businesses, including unregulated retail natural gas marketing, regulated interstate natural gas transportation and storage, and regulated intrastate natural gas transportation businesses. For more information, visit www.piedmontng.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., Piedmont Natural Gas, 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. For more information, visit www.researchtrianglecleantech.org.
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