Raleigh Developer John Kane Assumes RTRP Chairmanship

RESEARCH TRIANGLE, N.C. -- The Board of Directors of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) has elected John M. Kane as its chair for the coming two years. Kane, chairman and CEO of Kane Realty, previously served as RTRP’s chair-elect. The Board also announced other elections. Keith Burns, an attorney with Nexsen Pruet, LLC, will now serve as the organization’s chair-elect. Tim Giuliani, president & CEO at Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, will assume the role as RTRP secretary, and, Jim Hansen, regional president at PNC Bank, will serve as treasurer.

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Kane, who has served on the RTRP board of directors since 2008, is among the region’s most renowned developers of sustainable mixed-use communities, regional malls, neighborhood and community centers, office buildings and health centers. Kane Realty’s signature project, North Hills (known as Raleigh’s Midtown), is a mixed-use, multi-block district that has received numerous awards and accolades for its pedestrian-friendly and sustainable design. Kane also serves on the Duke Health Board, the North Carolina Economic Development Board, the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority Board and as chairman of the Duke Raleigh Hospital Board. He graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Science in business administration.

“I’m excited about the opportunities ahead for RTRP, which is an award-winning organization, and for our fast-growing region,” Kane said. “The plans that the RTRP board embarks upon during the next two years will help to create jobs, investment and economic opportunity for the Research Triangle region.”

Kane’s first priority as Chairman of the RTRP board is to complete efforts to reshape RTRP’s structure and focus, while solidifying collaborative ties with member counties, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, the North Carolina Department of Commerce and other partners and allies. To this end, regional leaders are currently drafting a new strategy that will shape regional economic development objectives for the coming years.

Kane succeeds Gary Joyner, managing partner at Kilpatrick Law Firm, whose two-year term as RTRP chair ended June 30th. Joyner will continue to serve the organization in the role of immediate past chair.

“The region has benefited greatly from Gary’s leadership during the past two years,” Kane said. “His commitment to the region was vital as we generated significant economic growth while experiencing fundamental changes to North Carolina’s economic development delivery system.”

The Partnership will have its new strategic plan in place by the end of September and expects to have its new leader in place by October 2016.

About The Research Triangle Regional Partnership
The Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) leads economic development for the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina. RTRP works to generate competitive advantage and economic growth for member counties and investors. For more information, visit www.researchtriangle.org or follow @TriangleRegion.

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