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Blue Cross Blue Shield CEO To Lead Research Triangle Regional Board

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Bob Greczyn, chief executive officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina, is the new chairman of the board for the

Research Triangle Regional Partnership


In assuming his two-year term, Greczyn said he will focus on three areas:

  • Developing agile leadership networks by engaging business, education and community leaders to work together.
  • Leveraging one of the region's strongest assets - the extensive base of higher education, research and development and knowledge-based workers - to further the region's economic development goals.
  • Improving the health of the region's workforce.
  • "The agile leadership networks will help us promote and build regional collaboration rather than having independent communities competing against each other," Greczyn said in a statement released by the Partnership. "That's so important because we're competing against other regions and other states. It doesn't make sense for us to compete within our own region when we can find ways to expand together.

    "In addition, because this region is simply one of the best in higher education and research and development, we're able to target growing industries for economic growth, like pharmaceutical and biotech companies. We must continue to do that."

    Greczyn added that he wanted improved healthcare for the region's workforce. "It will make us stronger and more competitive when we're trying to attract new companies and help existing companies grow," he said.

    The Regional Partnership, which is focused on economic development, represents 13 counties in and around the Research Triangle. Its board includes 54 members.

    The organization is launching the third year of a five-year $5 million plan to bring 100,000 jobs to the region. So far, the group says 43,000 new jobs have been added.

    Greczyn will also serve as an ex officio board member of the Triangle Tomorrow program, which is also part of the Regional Partnership. Triangle Tomorrow is focused on quality of life issues. Developer Roger Perry was recently selected to chair that organization.

    Other RTRP officers, elected to two-year terms for the Regional Partnership, are:

  • Chair-Elect William K. Atkinson, WakeMed
  • Immediate Past Chair James O. Roberson
  • Secretary Glen Newsome, Person County Economic Development Commission
  • Treasurer Lee Anne Nance, Harnett County Economic Development Commission
  • RTRP President and CEO Charles Hayes
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