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Keynote Address  (8:30 - 9:15, Room 6)


Speaker: Susan Sanford, Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster 

Title: Regional Innovation, Global Application: How the Research Triangle Region is Solving the World's Most Critical Problems

Abstract: What is cleantech? And how does this industry address global challenges of urbanization, climate change, aging infrastructure, and data overload? Come to this session to learn more about companies and organizations that are developing solutions to deliver reliable and resilient power, to distribute water efficiently, to enable intelligent transportation, and to address a range of community challenges. Here in the Research Triangle region, we have the largest concentration of smart grid companies and more than 12,000 people working in cleantech. These individuals are developing solutions here in the Research Triangle region that are being deployed as far away as Mumbai and Malta and locally in Cary and Benson and throughout the US.

Bio: Susan Sanford is executive director for the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC).
In her role with RTCC, Susan oversees an agile team focused on membership recruitment and engagement, program development, marketing, and economic development. Large goals for the organization over the next two years include pursuing sites for smart cities demonstrations to showcase innovations developed in the Research Triangle region and marketing the robust cleantech, entrepreneurship community to global markets.
Susan previously worked in local government and workforce development and has both her Bachelors in Journalism and Public Administration degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill.