“Staying on Top: Winning the Job Wars of the Future,” a five-year, $5 million plan aims to create 100,000 jobs and boost employment in all 13 counties of the Research Triangle region recently received some national recognition.

The Research Triangle Regional Partnership was named a co-winner in the US Department of Commerce’s 2004 regional competitiveness awards based in part on the jobs initiative.

The Research Triangle Regional Partnership is a public-private partnership that promotes economic development for the 13-county Research Triangle Region of North Carolina comprising Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake and Warren counties.

“I’m honored to recognize the Research Triangle Regional Partnership for its outstanding efforts to empower North Carolina residents by attracting private-sector investments and creating higher-skill, higher-wage jobs,” said US Commerce Secretary Don Evans. “This award is a great example of our appreciation of organizations like this one to help grow the economy and create jobs for local citizens.”

Research Triangle Regional Partnership: www.researchtriangle.org