Episode 30, Research Triangle Park: The Silicon Valley of the South
Move aside Silicon Valley, Research Triangle Park is bringing about the next wave of innovation. Peggy Smedley highlights what is happening in this region, and is joined by Terry Yates of Cary, North Carolina, Scott Clark with the town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Susan Sanford of Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster. Smedley also defines a smart city and how it brings together both the physical infrastructure and the digital systems.
Cement is the world’s most prevalent manmade material, with approximately 0.56 tonnes produced annually for every person on Earth. It binds concrete, which is used to construct much of the built environment—including homes, schools, offices, roads, runways, tunnels, and bridges.
Construction professionals recognize the skilled labor shortage is causing a ripple effect that is impacting every single business across the country. The good news; however, is that technology can help in a big way, especially if implemented at the right time within the right company.
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Peggy chats with Kristina Swallow, president, American Society of Civil Engineers, about our nation’s infrastructure and its grade of a D+. Swallow explains that the ASCE sees three solutions that can help solve this: investment, leadership, and planning for the future. She says it has also identified that between now and 2025 in order to bring the grade to a B, it would require $4.6 trillion—and we are currently spending $2.6 trillion. She suggests public-private partnerships are one piece of the puzzle, but ultimately it is user fees. asce.org
Peggy talks with author of The Leader Habit and CEO of Pinsight, Martin Lanik, who says he chose the word habit because most of our daily behavior is influenced by habit. He asks: What if leadership was a habit and how can you develop positive habits as a leader? He explains that microbehaviors turn into habits, and leadership should become as natural as making your bed in the morning or brushing your teeth. We know effective leaders delegate in an effective way, he continues. pinsight.com