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Hyperloop – our learning journey begins

This week, the regional business community begins a new journey — a journey to learn about the potential of hyperloop for our region and the southeast. While I had heard of hyperloop previously, I did not know exactly what it was when we first asked Ryan Kelly with Virgin Hyperloop One about potentially speaking at […]

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Celebrate freedom of movement this weekend

RTA members, partners, and friends, This week marks the 243rd anniversary of America’s declaration of independence. We chose self-direction as nation, and have worked to fulfill that promise since 1776. As Americans, we travel in droves during various holidays, heading north, south, east, and west, celebrating our freedom to move around our communities and each […]

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Let’s get moving on transit

The regional business community led a delegation of more than 60 Triangle-area leaders to Richmond, Alexandria, and Arlington, Virginia last week to visit and learn about many transit options. The goal for our visit was to inspire vision and action for accelerating enhanced transit in the western Triangle and across our region. We traveled with […]

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Virginia is for lovers of transit options

This week, the Regional Transportation Alliance business coalition is spearheading a delegation of 60+ Triangle area leaders as we tour transit options in central and northern Virginia. This 36-hour regional business community-led briefing and tour — RTA is conducting this in concert with the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce and The Chamber For a Greater […]

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Perhaps the best user fee for highway funding isn’t a “user fee” at all

This morning, I presented to the NC Board of Transportation Funding Appropriations and Strategies (FAST) Committee at their monthly meeting in Raleigh. After introducing the RTA business leadership organization, I spoke of our support of an “access-based” approach as a simpler method to stabilize highway funding, in the face of increasing demands for resources, and amidst […]

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Raleigh is top 5 in US for young adults

I rarely write about age cohorts — Generation X, Millennial, Baby Boomer, etc. — as I am typically more focused on overall community success and prosperity. Still, this short Redfin piece, mentioned in the Brandon Donnelly real estate and technology blog that I follow, caught my attention this weekend. The gist is this: Of the 50 largest American […]

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RTA June 2019 tour preview

The RTA and our western Triangle chamber partners are looking forward to our first out-of-market tour for 2019, when the regional business community travels to central and northern Virginia to learn about transit and land use in two peer markets. From June 20 to 21, 2019 we will visit and/or learn about three different bus […]

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Let’s “combine” Raleigh and Durham — into “the R&D cities” of North Carolina

Of course, we will still be the Research Triangle region — and no, we don’t actually need to get rid of the boundary between the two cities — but this playful exercise may help bring to light who we are as smart, innovative, and collaborative regional community. One question that frequently comes up in economic development, […]

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