Piedmont Triad

AUG 2012

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TRIAD Training your people your way, is our way. At Forsyth Tech, we offer customized training designed to fit your specific needs – using our leadership, teambuilding and supervisory expertise, we match your job requirements, even reflect your company's values and culture. We work closely with you to ensure that the training your employees receive is exactly what they need to do the job right, and exactly what you need to be successful. And at Forsyth Tech, the size of your business doesn't change the quality of service you receive – you'll get the same level of commitment and attention whether you need to train five employees or five hundred. We're here to make a difference. Contact us today and see how we can help with worker training, leadership training or any other aspect of your corporate training needs. Jennifer Coulombe Dean, Business & Industry Services 336.734.7723 jcoulombe@forsythtech.edu ated organs such as bladders, skin and ears. A heart valve in a beaker beats in a pulsing rhythm to test different levels of pressure. A drawer holds the scaffolding for an ear, a model that looks like white plastic but is actually made of human cells. The groundbreaking work is the fruit of collaboration among medical, engineering and biological scientists. BioTech Place not only offers its tenants the latest laboratory space but also provides scientifi c equipment and researchers for hire. Carolina Chemis- tries is taking advantage of every feature, making use of an instrument known as a mass spectrometer and the research- ers who operate it, Shugart says. "It would be a fi nancial burden to attain that equipment on our own, so it's a great benefi t to be able to use it here." Another center for scientifi c innovation in the Triad is the Gateway University Research Park in eastern Greensboro. Gateway houses the new Joint School for Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, a collaboration between UNC Greensboro and N.C. A&T State University. Based on the theory that the best science comes through working across specialties, both Piedmont Triad Research Park and Gateway University Research Park are designed to encourage collaboration in common areas. "We put the professors and grad-student offi ces on opposite sides of the building from the labs so that they would be forced to leave their labs to mix and mingle with the other researchers," says James Ryan, founding dean of the joint nanotechnology school. The collaborative design is already paying off for Shugart's company. "As a result of simply meeting researchers in the hallway and striking up a conversation, we are currently developing two new products that will be submitted to the [Food and Drug Administration] later this year." With success on the scientifi c- ForsythTech.edu research front, Triad leaders are turning their focus to what Piedmont Triad B USI N E SS N C Partnership's Powell calls game-chang- ing projects that can create tens of thousands of direct and indirect jobs. "Leaders throughout the region have put past intraregion competition to rest, and we are working together as a unifi ed force for the good of the whole," he says. "This shift in attitude and strategy is especially important in attracting a game-changer. We want to focus our resources on key areas." Given that North Carolina is the only Southeastern state without a major auto plant, the fi rst project is development of a shovel-ready megasite to compete for an advanced auto-manufacturing plant. Economist Donald Jud, a professor at UNC Greensboro's Bryan School of Business, estimates that a midsize auto plant would create roughly 9,000 jobs, including 2,000 at the plant, and inject billions of dollars into the local economy. Land for the speculative site has been purchased, with investment committed from state, local and regional groups. The other game-changer is the planned $350 million in improvements to Piedmont Triad International Airport, including a dozen infrastructure up- grades over the next decade and expansion of the airport property by more than 300 acres. New taxiways, grading projects and airfi eld improve- ments will allow the airport to accom- modate more aviation and logistics tenants, joining the companies that employ about 4,000 there, such as Honda Aircraft and TIMCO. "We understand that $350 million is a lot of money to invest, but we cannot afford to think small if we hope to create the jobs this community needs," says Kevin Baker, the airport's executive director. "The payoff for this investment can be measured, and the potential return is substantial — 18,000 jobs and more than $3 billion in economic impact. For the unemployed and underem- ployed in this community, that's a very positive equation."

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