The Research Triangle Park Launches “Pathways to Opportunity” Tour and ReImagineNC.com
The “Pathways to Opportunity” initiative, sponsored by IBM, Fidelity, Wells Fargo and Duke Energy, will put the Research Triangle Foundation on the road all throughout the month of November. Aimed at redeveloping the Park, reconnecting with all of North Carolina and reimagining how the state can meet the challenges of 21st Century economic competition, the tour will visit more than two dozen locations around the state, including community colleges and universities.
Bob Geolas, president and CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation, said, “We are here to serve the entire state – we were founded by the people of North Carolina, for North Carolina. And it’s time for us to go back out into the field, find out what people are concerned about, and uncover ways to work together in this difficult economy. We want to reconnect, reimagine and redevelop – and reinvest – in North Carolina.”
Geolas cited Archie Davis of Winston-Salem, one of RTP’s original visionaries, as one of his inspirations. “Archie Davis traveled across North Carolina in a little white car. He asked people to be part of establishing the RTP as an investment in the state’s future. That investment paid off. It’s time to look again at how we can work together for North Carolina’s future – and we need to get behind the wheel again.”
The bus tour will officially begin after a kickoff at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, in Raleigh, on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Speakers will include Geolas, Bob Ingram, chairman of the Research Triangle Foundation Board, Governor Bev Perdue, Betsy Bennett, director of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, and Madhu Beriwal, president and CEO of IEM Inc.
In conjunction with the tour, the RTP has launched http://www.ReImagineNC.com as the online home of the stories and ideas it discovers during the trip. ReImagineNC.com invites North Carolinians to contribute their own input on reconnecting, reimagining, and redeveloping North Carolina.
The new website also provides information on tour stops and a medium for event registrations. Additional features include an active tour log from the vantage of RTP team members on the bus, as well as an interactive blog featuring stories from well-known North Carolinians.
Geolas is anxious for the tour to begin. He said, “We believe that great ideas for North Carolina can, and will, come from every corner of our state. We hope that the people of North Carolina will tell us more about the challenges, and opportunities, that they are facing in their communities. At every stop of the tour, we will ask people to share their big idea for what our state, and the Park, can do together to create more opportunity for all of our communities.”
The schedule for the bus tour is as follows:
11/13: Raleigh, Greensboro
11/14: Sanford, Asheboro, Winston-Salem
11/15: Boone, Conover, Asheville
11/16: Lenoir, Charlotte
11/19: Raleigh, Durham
11/26: Rocky Mount, Pinetops, Elizabeth City
11/27: Washington, Greenville
11/29: Wilmington, Fayetteville
11/30: Pembroke, Pinehurst
12/03: RTP Headquarters
A dynamic map with specific stops and details is available at http://www.reimaginenc.com/tour-schedule/.
Coverage of each tour stop will be administered throughout the tour via the RTF’s Twitter handle (@TheRTP), and the Pathways to Opportunity Twitter handle (@ReimagineNC). There will also be a live, USTREAM broadcast of the kickoff event accessible via http://www.ustream.tv/channel/reimaginenc — so that all the residents of North Carolina (and beyond) can tune in.
About the Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina
The Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina serves the Research Triangle Park, a bellwether institution that was once referred to by Governor Luther Hodges as the “heart and hope of North Carolina.” Situated centrally between Duke University, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, RTP contains 7,000 acres, 40,000 employees, and over 170 companies, including Avaya, Cisco, Credit Suisse, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, NetApp, RTI International, Syngenta and Bayer CropScience. RTP is also home to the Park Research Center (PRC), an affordable incubation space for entrepreneurs and startups.