Leadership Triangle has awarded its top honor for regional leadership by an organization to the Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP).

RTRP was one of four Goodmon Award winners recognized by Leadership Triangle recently for outstanding regional leadership. The awards are named after Jim Goodmon, who operates Capitol Broadcasting in Raleigh.

The organization award recognizes groups that develop an innovative regional program to address a pressing issue and consistently provide outstanding support and leadership on regional issues.

“RTRP’s Clusters of Innovation project is arguably the most important current economic development initiative in the region,” said Leadership Triangle Executive Director Winkie LaForce, referring to an RTRP-led regional competitiveness initiative. “It illustrates RTRP’s program innovation, collaborative posture and responsiveness to changing economic realities. We applaud RTRP for continuing to work diligently to promote and provide a high quality of life for everyone living in the region.”

Founded in 1990, RTRP is a public-private partnership that promotes economic development for the 13-county region comprising Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake and Warren counties.

“We know that regional economic development is the key to ensuring jobs and prosperity for our 13 counties, now and in the future,” says RTRP President and CEO Charles Hayes. “We applaud Leadership Triangle’s vision and commitment to supporting regional economic development, and pledge our best efforts to continue creating economic opportunity for the citizens of our region.”

RTRP: www.researchtriangle.org

Leadership Triangle: www.leadershiptriangle.com