Interview by Brett Brenton, RTP, IR Connecting the Triangle Task Force
Welcome to the Connecting the Triangle blog series! This is the first installment in this series. Our aim is to find ways to bring greater connectivity to the Triangle and to learn a little bit about what makes us all unique citizens of the region. This is a lead up to (and grow beyond from) the November 9th Innovate Raleigh Summit.
The series will work like a story chain, where person A interviews person B and blogs on it; then person B interviews person C and blogs on it, and so on. Our hope is that eventually we’ll have a trail through the Triangle that speaks to the rich tapestry of our people and our region. Worth mentioning – we’d love to see this continue on indefinitely!
There’s one more rule – to encourage more diversity into these offerings, we decided that the interviewee had to interview someone of either a different gender or ethnic background.
For my first entry, I decided to interview someone new to us here at The Frontier. Caitlin Moss started as our Frontier Community Coordinator a couple months ago. She is a fairly recent NC State grad originally from outside the region. I learned a lot about the challenges we are going to have in framing the Triangle as a true region in interviewing her. These learnings are great
Here’s what she had to say.
Name: Caitlin Moss
Where were you born?
Virginia Beach, VA
Where do you live now?
Durham, NC not far from Brier Creek
Where (geographically) do you work?
At The Frontier in Research Triangle Park
When you hear the term, “the Triangle”, what do you think of?
I used to think of it as tech companies and the universities that connect it when I was in college. Now I think of the cities that unite the Triangle. It’s tricky because I never thought of it much at all until I entered the working world a couple years ago. When I moved here, I just thought of it as Raleigh. That felt like the best identifier. Now though, I say the Triangle or RTP.
How does your current town fit in that bigger picture?
When I moved here, I didn’t see Raleigh and Durham as being different, but now I spend a lot of time in each due to the location. My neighborhood is half in Wake and half in Durham so we’re true hybrids.
Looking ahead a few years, what do you see as the biggest challenge we have to overcome in creating a connected and cohesive region?
The college rivalries make it interesting, so uniting them would be a big hurdle. When people enter the workforce from college, they have to surrender some of that identity. That helps. To be honest, I haven’t thought about uniting the areas too much. Now being in the workforce, it is something that is more prevalent and obvious to me. That said, the university to work transition may create our biggest opportunity to unify the region.
If you had to give the citizens of the Triangle a nickname to unify them, what would it be?
That’s a tough one. How many –ites and –ians can we have?
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