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PARTNER EVENT OF INTEREST: State of the Region – Research Triangle Regional Partnership

May 23, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm





State of the Region

Thursday, May 23, 2019

3:30 p.m.

Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts

Raleigh, NC

Join the Research Triangle Regional Partnership Thursday, May 23 to celebrate the accomplishments over the past year and discuss global initiatives the RTRP is undertaking to strengthen our region’s brand. This year, State of the Region will focus on the burgeoning Agtech Cluster that will propel North Carolina’s $87 billion dollar agriculture industry to new heights. Hear from Agtech experts and workforce development leaders on how the region is positioned to become the epicenter for Agtech.

We hope you will attend and learn how everyone can help grow, converge and advance our region.

May 23rd Agenda
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Networking Reception
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Limited sponsorships are still available. If interested in sponsoring the 2019 State of the Region, please email:

Vivian Powell at



Adrian Percy of Finistere Ventures
A staunch advocate of the need for and benefits of modern agriculture, Adrian Percy, Ph.D., has spent his career holding positions with some of the most influential companies in the industry.

Adrian currently serves as the CTO of Finistere Ventures, a global technology and life sciences venture capital investor focused on changing the food value chain. In this role, he provides strategic, technical and regulatory support to Finistere’s broad portfolio of agtech and foodtech companies. He also helps identify new investment opportunities for the firm. In addition, Adrian frequently acts as an agricultural industry representative and as an advisor or independent director to companies through his own consultancy company, Nomad Technology Consulting LLC.

Previously, Adrian served as the head of research and development for the Crop Science division of Bayer as part of the executive committee. During his 16-year tenure at Bayer, he led crop protection development activities for Bayer in North America and regulatory affairs activities across the entire division of Crop Science. As head of R&D, he led internal and open innovation activities in the areas of crop protection chemistry and biologicals, as well as seeds and traits. He has held numerous positions in the research and development departments of Rhone Poulenc, Aventis CropScience and Bayer in France, Germany and the United States.

A global ag advocate with more than 25 years of experience in the industry, Adrian will share his expertise and insights on how the Research Triangle Region can further its position as an epicenter of the Agtech industry.

Diane Leopold of Dominion Energy
The State of the Region is proud to host Presenting Sponsor, Dominion Energy’s EVP and President CEO of Gas Infrastructure Group, Diane Leopold, who will share insight on what Dominion is doing locally to help support the growth of our region.

Diane will share her expert knowledge – acquired from over two decades of experience – on our region’s unique opportunity to advance economic development and why our diversity and infrastructure create a winning combination.

Her business unit is responsible for 2.3 million natural gas customer accounts in five states; 15,000 miles of natural gas transmission, storage and gathering pipeline and nearly 51,000 miles of gas distribution pipeline; more than one trillion cubic feet of natural gas storage; and 1.3 million retail energy and related services customer accounts in 13 states.

Serving nearly seven and a half million customers and operations in 18 states, Dominion Energy is committed to responsible environmental stewardship, delivering a reliable stream of clean, natural gas and affordable electricity to homes and businesses across the US. Providing smarter, more efficient energy options, services and solution to conserve resources and control energy costs. Dominion strives to make communities better places to live and work, supporting economic development and generating new tax revenues for local governments.

The State of the Region is not possible without the support of our sponsors.






Sponsor listing as of 4/18/2019


Research Triangle Regional Partnership
Organizer of RTRP’s 2019 State of the Region: Grow. Converge. Advance.
The Research Triangle Regional Partnership is an economic development organization sustained by and committed to 10 core counties located in Central North Carolina. It serves as a connector between businesses looking to expand or relocate, and the economic development offices, government agencies, and business organizations that support private sector growth.


Reflecting on the 2018 State of the Region
The 22nd annual State of the Region was a huge success!  Emceed by Triangle Business Journal’s Jason Christie, the evening kicked off with RTRP’s Executive Director Ryan Combs’ speech reviewing the work that has transpired over the past year, and highlighting the current work being done across the region. Keynote speaker Joel Marcus from Alexandria Real Estate Equities discussed the strengths and weaknesses of the Triangle Region. Joel’s firm has invested a third of a billion dollars in the Triangle area, and stated he wants to invest more as the Triangle grows. Cindy Eckert, the second keynote speaker, shared her business story and why she calls the region home for not only her 3rd company The Pink Ceiling, but also herself. After successfully building and selling two pharmaceutical companies worth a combined $1.5 billion, Cindy now helps entrepreneurs in the Triangle area grow their business through her Pinkubator.  Finally, a panel made of esteemed leaders in venture capitalism and entrepreneurship including Winston Henderson, Clay Thorpe and Kay Wagoner discussed the growth of innovation and funding in the Triangle Region.

The Research Triangle Regional Partnership would like to thank all who came and supported the State of the Region as we continue to work together to Ready the Region.


Content excerpts and photos on this page were extracted from RTRP’s website.


Vivian Powell
Research Triangle Regional Partnership


Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts
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Raleigh, NC 27601 United States
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