October SMPS Program – Is the Triangle Ready for Our Growing Future? A Discussion with Area Leaders (10.9.18)*

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Tuesday, October 9 2018
11:30am - 1:00pm

  • PNC Arena
  • 1400 Edwards Mill Road
  • Raleigh, NC 27607
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The Triangle’s economy has been growing at a rapid pace, and more and more companies are seeking out our area every day to call their home. Why is our area such a hotbed for business? Are we ready for all this growth? How will we stay competitive with other areas? Is the A/E/C industry prepared for future development, and if not, what can we be doing? Join us for an exciting and enlightening panel of area leaders who will discuss why the Triangle region continues to have such great economic growth and what this means to our industry.
Ryan Combs, Executive Director, Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP)
Ryan Combs is executive director of RTRP, a position he assumed in February 2017 following his appointment by the organization’s board of directors. Ryan works closely with economic development organizations in each of RTRP’s member counties to market the competitive advantages of the Research Triangle Region to potential investors. Ryan joined RTRP from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety where he served as Legislative Director for the Department’s Government Affairs initiatives. Previously, Ryan served for eight years on United States Senator Richard Burr’s staff, traveling throughout the state of North Carolina as a field representative. Through that experience, he developed close relationships with business and community leaders to learn about and address important issues facing communities.

Joe Milazzo II, PE, Executive Director, Regional Transportation Alliance
Joe serves as Executive Director of the Regional Transportation Alliance business coalition. RTA is the voice of the regional business community on transportation in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina. Joe directs the regional business community’s leadership and advocacy efforts on transportation issues, policy, and strategy. Joe and the RTA unite the regional business community and connect the public sectors to accelerate transportation solutions essential for economic success.

Adrienne Cole, President and CEO, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
As the President and CEO, Adrienne heads the Triangle’s largest nonprofit business membership organization representing two-thirds of the private sector employment in Wake County. Previously, Cole served as the Chamber’s Senior Vice President of Economic Development and Executive Director of Wake County Economic Development where she led her team to recruit new business, support existing industries, market Wake County and the Triangle region, and help companies attract the talent needed to grow and thrive. Her additional career accomplishments include working to secure and improve state and local economic development incentives, recruiting Campbell Law School to Raleigh, and facilitating Red Hat’s headquarters expansion to downtown Raleigh.

Scott Selig, Associate Vice President of Capital Assets and Real Estate, Duke University
Scott Selig has 30 years of experience in both the public and private sectors of the commercial real estate industry. He is charged with developing and implementing the overall real estate strategy for Duke University and the Duke University Health System. Scott is acting in the lead role for Duke University regarding the development and implementation of the Durham Innovation District and American Tobacco and other real estate and economic development missions. In addition, he is responsible for the asset management of the Washington Duke Inn, a 271-room, 4-star hotel and executive meeting center.

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*Please note change in panelists.


  • PNC Arena
  • 1400 Edwards Mill Road
  • Raleigh, NC 27607