The Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) is excited to announce that the County Commissioners of Orange County have agreed to once again become a member of the RTRP, growing the organization to 13 member counties and the Research Triangle Foundation. The RTRP will work closely with Orange County’s economic development team to grow the county’s brand and attract new investments.
As the primary organization focused on marketing the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina nationally and internationally, expanding its geographic footprint to include Orange County helps the RTRP attract more diverse and unique companies with a wide range of relocation or expansion needs.
“Orange County is excited to be rejoining the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, as we expect this collaboration to enhance our efforts to market our community to corporate investors, attract new business, add to the tax base, offer high-skilled jobs, and generally expand our economic vitality,” said Renee A. Price, Commissioner/Chair Board of County Commissioners Orange County, North Carolina
Orange County is centrally located between the Research Triangle Park and the Triad (Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point). With more than 140,000 citizens, Orange County includes historic Hillsborough, the county seat; Chapel Hill, home of the University of North Carolina (the oldest state-supported university in the United Stated); and Carrboro and Mebane, former railroad and mill towns. Its business community spans several industries such as education, engineering, healthcare, manufacturing, technology, among others. Several major companies already call the county home, to include ABB, AKG North America, Armacell, Aramark, Eurosport, Medline Industries, Morinaga America, PHE, WestRock, University of North Carolina, UNC Health and Wegmans.
“Having Orange County as part of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership’s marketing efforts is like adding a brand new hammer to your tool belt,” said Ryan Combs, executive director of the RTRP. “Its combination as a desirable place to live and proximity to one of the most prestigious educational institutions in the country is an excellent one-two punch combo for RTRP.”
The 13-county region comprises the Research Triangle which gets its name from Research Triangle Park and three Tier 1 research universities—Duke University, North Carolina State University and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill—located only minutes apart. Along with the vibrant rural and urban communities, an average commute of 24 minutes, highly skilled talent and low tax rates, make the Research Triangle Region one of the top places to live and do business.