Areas of Expertise:
Cluster analysis • Economic competitiveness • Economic development • Entrepreneurial development • Financial incentives for economic development • Research commercialization • Rural competitiveness • Technology-driven economic development • Venture finance
E. Brent Lane is director of the Carolina Center for Competitive Economies, part of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, which works with communities to make strategic decisions and investments to become economically competitive and prosperous.
Lane brings to this work three decades of experience at the state- and regional-government levels and within the nonprofit sector integrating programs and personnel to support targeted economic development initiatives.
His professional expertise and research interests focus on the roles of technological innovation and emergent industry financing in economic competitiveness, venture capital, research commercialization, and entrepreneurial development in private, public, and university venues.
Lane has created and directed numerous innovative economic ventures, ranging from a seminal seed capital investment fund to the first technology incubator in North Carolina's The Research Triangle Park™ to the design and launch of the largest community development venture capital fund in the United States.