Sunday, September 26, 2010
Tech Council Celebrates 20th Anniversary
The Tech Council of the Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 20th anniversary on Thursday September 23rd at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. About 200 guests gathered to see two technology heros receive awards---Dr. Douglas Maynard and Ted Kaplan. Dr. Maynard is credited with being the technology council's first chairperson and instrumental in envisioning the Piedmont Triad Research Park. Former Senator Ted Kaplan was responsible for procuring $3.1 million in funding for the research park. Others were credited for having a role in the development of a knowledge based economy for Winston-Salem, including Gayle Anderson, head of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, Jerry Long, then president and chief operating officer of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Tom Hearn, then president of Wake Forest University and Dr. Pete Santago, a professor of biomedical engineering at the medical school.
Read below for more on the history of the Research Park