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As our cities continue to become more connected – both through technology and transit – what will they look like in 10 years? Here in the Triangle, city lines are becoming blurred by our increasing population and connectivity. To kickoff Moogfest, RTP’s president and CEO, Bob Geolas, will be participating in a free community panel centered on these issues. His fellow panelist all have varied backgrounds in the issues of city planning and urban issues, and the discussion will focus on both local and national trends.

RTP is currently in the midst of the first redevelopment in its history, and we want to make sure we’re doing it right. Jobs for all people, affordable housing and access to transit and key elements to our plan, and we hope to continue learning from others to help formulate how to create the best community we can. The RTP has chosen to partner with Moogfest in an effort to continue fostering a culture of creativity throughout the Triangle. We’re very excited to be working on this project, and hope you will join us for this panel, and all the other wonderful things, happening at Moogfest!

Find the full details below! Interested in buying tickets to the entire festival? Click here.

What: Future Cities Panel

Cost: Free!

When: Thursday, May 19th from 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Where: Fletcher Hall, Carolina Theater, 309 W. Morgan Street, Durham, NC


GRETA BYRUM is a Senior Analyst of the Resilient Communities Program at New America, a Washington DC/NYC think tank technology laboratory, public forum, and media platform dedicated to the renewal of American politics, prosperity, and purpose in the Digital Age.  Greta links urban planning and emerging technologies with community and local economic development. Greta is a leading voice about how technology is changing the nature of urban planning, the built environment, and infrastructure systems. Her writing on resilience and community technology has been featured in the Atlantic, Slate, and Real Clear Policy. She is also into micro-radio broadcasting. 

BOB GEOLAS is the President and CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation of NC. For nearly 60 years RTP has led the world in life altering discoveries across technology and science. As the President and CEO, Bob works to continue growing RTP’s historic legacy for future generations of North Carolinians. To achieve this, Bob is responsible for maintaining and expanding relationships between North Carolina’s educational institutions and RTP industry. He also leads the first redevelopment in RTP’s history – Park Center. The Park Center project signals a new beginning for RTP, and will include inspiring areas of density meant to encourage creative thought. Through a focused effort of creative collaborations, and his ability to dream big, Bob has ignited a new era in RTP’s history.

WANONA SATCHER is an urban designer, landscape architect designer, and city planner. She is a graduate of Auburn University and moved to North Carolina to work in professional design firms in Research Triangle Park and Durham. In 2008, she started her first urban design, economic development, and leadership startup, CDDG. Through her second startup, iDrive Change, LLC, Wanona combines landscape architecture, systems design, community development, and innovative economic models to facilitate equitable revitalization programs through various collaborations and partnerships. Ms. Satcher has written for the Huffington Post, participated in the Aspen Institute, Bloomberg Philanthropies National Innovation Program, and was a Vanguard Top 40 Under 40 Vanguard through Next City.