Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster executive named to Smart Cities Council

Research Triangle Region, N.C. – Lee Anne Nance, managing director of the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster, has been appointed to the Smart Cities Council Advisory Board.

The board comprises more than 50 of the world’s foremost independent organizations of experts on smart city technologies.

“Smart cities are not only a great commercial opportunity but also an important way to help the world’s cities achieve livability, workability and sustainability,” Council Chairman Jesse Berst said in announcing Nance’s appointment. “We know that cleantech innovation is central to accomplishing those goals. We are very grateful to have your expertise on the team."

A smart city gathers data from smart devices and sensors embedded in its roadways, power grids, buildings and other assets. It shares that data via a smart communications system that is typically a combination of wired and wireless. It then uses smart software to create valuable information and digitally enhanced services. Over the next 20 years, the world’s 700 largest cities are projected to make a cumulative smart city infrastructure investment of $30 trillion to $40 trillion.

The Smart City Council’s Advisory Board collaborates with its coalition of leading technology companies to accelerate smart growth in cities by lowering barriers to adoption through tools, thought leadership, outreach and advocacy. Advisory board members represent research, academia, nonprofit advocacy groups and municipal governments, ranging from international standards bodies to national laboratories, prominent universities and economic development organizations to the World Bank’s Urban Advisory Unit and U.S. Green Building Council.

Nance directs the work of the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster, a program of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP), which focuses on accelerating the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina’s cleantech economy. She also serves as executive vice president of RTRP, where she manages implementation of the region’s strategic economic development plan and its marketing and branding activities.

Prior to joining RTRP in 2009, Nance worked for Harnett County (N.C.) Economic Development Commission as marketing director for two years and economic development director for six. During her tenure, Harnett County designed and implemented a national marketing and imaging campaign and acquired and developed three certified industrial parks, two industrial facilities, a science and technology campus, a river park and a 1,040-acre land trust.

Nance began her career in the corporate world as a software analyst with the research and development division of Citicorp, where she received the Citicorp Service Excellence Award for outstanding performance. Following this, she worked in industry while serving as the national marketing communications director of the Telecommunications Division of Raychem Corp. She was also marketing strategy officer of Service Design Associates Inc., an enterprise software development firm.

She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics from North Carolina State University, where she was inducted into the Omicron Delta Epsilon Honor Fraternity in recognition of high scholastic achievement in the field of economics.

Nance serves as a member of the executive board of the North Carolina China Council and a member of the North Carolina Economic Developers Association and the International Economic Development Council.

About the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster

The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster 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 leads economic development for the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina

About the Smart Cities Council

The Smart Cities Council is the trusted advisor to equip cities with tools and knowledge to cope with expanding populations, shrinking budgets and aging infrastructure. It is comprised of the world's foremost smart city practitioners advised by unbiased, independent experts, including top universities, national laboratories, standards bodies, climate advocacy groups and development banks. The Council’s goal is to accelerate the growth of smart cities worldwide by providing city leaders with best practices and vendor-neutral guidance on technology, finance, policy and, citizen engagement. For more information, visit

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