RTA Transportation Breakfast 2022

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Prior year event:

RTA Transportation Breakfast 2022

July 22, 2022
8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

The Umstead Hotel and Spa
100 Woodland Pond Dr. Cary

RTA 2022 Transportation Breakfast:
Celebrating Innovation in Life Science and TransportationPresented by Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina

The RTA Transportation Breakfast, presented by the Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina was an opportunity for the regional business community to come together and celebrate purposeful, collaborative, and focused efforts on mobility innovation that is literally changing and saving lives. For this year, we heard  from RTA Gold member United Therapeutics and two of their partner companies on an initiative that represents the marriage of life science and mobility.

You can view the entire RTA Transportation Breakfast deck here.

You can also download the videos from several of our keynote speakers:  (Blain Newton, BETA TechnologiesMikael Cardinal, Unither Bioélectronique;  Thomas Kaufman, United Therapeutics).


8:00 am                 Arrival, registration, networking

8:40 am                 Welcome Remarks                                                                  

 Keynote presentations                                                                                         

  • Blain Newton, Beta Technologies
  • Dewey Steadman, United Therapeutics
  • Mikael Cardinal, Unither Bioelectronique Inc.
  • Thomas Kaufman, United Therapeutics
  • See below for more information about our 2022 keynote speakers

Panel Discussion + Q&A 

  • RTA keynote presenters and speakers
  • Joe Milazzo II, PE,  RTA Executive Director – moderator

Special report from RDU Airport

  • Patrick Hannah, RDU Authority chair

Closing remarks and adjourn

2022 Event Registration

  • RTA Sustaining Gold members and above receive 8 tickets
  • RTA Gold members receive 4 tickets
  • RTA Silver membersSenior Regional Partners, and Bronze members receive 2 tickets 
  • RTA Standard members have 1 ticket
  • $75 – RTA member additional ticket
  • $150 – Non-RTA member ticket 
  • $75 – Nonprofit partner ticket
  • $45 – Public sector partner ticket 

Registration deadline:  Friday, July 15, 2022. Registration has closed for this event.

To sponsor the event, please email: Jacob@letsgetmoving.org

To download a draft list of current registrations for the event, click here.

2022 Event sponsors

  • Research Triangle Foundation of NC  (presenting sponsor)
  • TowneBank  (Sponsor)
  • Credit Suisse (Sponsor)
  • Town of Cary (Sponsor)

Sponsorship options

Presenting Sponsor ($5,000)

  • Event “presented by” your company
  • Opportunity to participate in event agenda
  • Reserved parking with firm logo
  • Prominent recognition at event and on RTA event webpage
  • Plus all Event Sponsor benefits below
  • Restricted to RTA Sustaining Gold members and Senior Regional Partners

Event Sponsor  ($999)

  • Company name displayed on event signage and event agenda
  • Name and verbal recognition at event
  • Name recognition in RTA promotional e-mails and on RTA event webpage
  • Registration for six (6) participants at event
  • RTA membership is not required to serve as an Event Sponsor.

Note:  RTA Gold, Silver, and Bronze memberships also include recognition benefits at all events

Sign-up online to sponsor or email Jacob@letsgetmovingorg.

About our 2022 keynote speaker companies

  • United Therapeutics / Silver Spring, MD, Research Triangle Park, NC – UT has multiple active organ manufacturing programs and is a pioneer in xenotransplantation. UT is the first biotech/biopharma to take the form of a public benefit corporation.
  • BETA Technologies / Burlington, VT – Beta is developing electric vertical aircraft (EVA) and an extended charging infrastructure network.
  • Unither Bioélectronique / Bromont, QC – UB is researching the adaptation of electric vehicle aircraft for UT corporate focus/manufactured organ delivery.

About the RTA business leadership group

The Regional Transportation Alliance is the voice of the regional business community on transportation in North Carolina’s Research Triangle region, and a regional program of the Raleigh Chamber.

Founded in 2002, RTA is a metropolitan, private-public partnership that drives consensus and action. More than 100 leading companies work in concert through the RTA alongside 25 member chambers of commerce across 12 counties and a host of number of regional partners.

RTA delivers business leadership to get our region moving faster. Learn more at letsgetmoving.org.

RTA is a regional program of the Raleigh Chamber, which has determined that this event is permitted under Section 138A-32(e)(1)c of the General Statutes.

2021 event:  The Future of Business Travel and RDU

On July 9, 2021, the regional business community received updated recommendations for ensuring the long-term success of RDU International at the RTA 2021 Transportation Breakfast event, held in person at The Umstead Hotel and Spa.

The RTA RDU AID Task Force presented new findings on how we can advance a sustainable airport funding model amidst rapid growth in our market.

Speakers included Michael Schoenfeld, Duke University, RTA chair, and Harold Hicks, Fidelity Investments, RTA incoming chair, among other RTA RDU AID task force members.

We also welcomed guest speaker Scott McCartney, Wall Street Journal, travel editor and author of the Middle Seat column, who spoke to the national landscape for commercial aviation and provided insights on post-pandemic air travel from a business perspective.

Regional Leadership Team

RTA Gold Members
Clark Nexsen
Duke Energy
First Citizens Bank
Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce
IBM Corporation
Kane Realty
Pinnacle Financial Partners
Raleigh Chamber
Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority
Red Hat, Inc.
Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina
Smith Anderson
The SunRock Group
United Therapeutics
Wake County Economic Development  (EDGE6)
Wetherill Engineering, Inc

RTA Silver Members
AT&T North Carolina
Bolton & Menk
Capitol Broadcasting Co., Inc.
Chatham Park / Preston Development
Coastal Federal Credit Union
Credit Suisse
Dominion Energy
Duke University
Fidelity Investments
First National Bank
Forge Nano
Fox Rothschild LLP
FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies
Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau
Martin Marietta
ms consultants, inc.
North Carolina State University
Novo Nordisk
Ramey Kemp & Associates, Inc.
RTI International
SAS Institute Inc.
STV Inc.
The Spectrum Companies
The Umstead Hotel & Spa
UNC Chapel Hill
UNC Health
Wake Technical Community College
Westin Raleigh-Durham Hotel
York Properties, Inc./McDonald-York Building Company

RTA Senior Regional Partners
Capital Area MPO
Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro MPO
City of Durham
GoRaleigh / City of Raleigh
Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority
Town of Cary
Town of Morrisville
Town of Holly Springs
Triangle J Council of Governments

RTA Bronze members
Alfred Benesch & Company
Avison Young
Clancy & Theys Construction Company
Gregory Poole Equipment Company
HH Architecture
Highwoods Properties
McKim & Creed
Strada Architecture
Summit Design and Engineering Services, PLLC
WakeMed Health & Hospitals

Gold members

Thank you to our Omnia Gold, Sustaining Gold, and Gold members

Omnia Gold