One of CPRC's most critical roles for the region is that of a convener and mediator between local governments and partner organizations working to improve coordinated planning, share resources, and identify solutions that reduce duplication.

Member Working Groups

Member Working Groups consist of council members, staff representatives, and external stakeholders. The aim of these working groups is to facilitate communication and collaboration on specific areas of interest or expertise to tackle issues or concerns and develop initiatives that can result in regional development while taking into consideration community's needs, environmental protection, economic growth, and social equity.

A new working group comprised of all or some of our membership is created when one of the following is identified:

  • A long-standing and ongoing need for coordination that extends beyond one meeting or project.
  • An emerging challenge that impacts multiple local governments.
  • An opportunity to leverage local funds or expertise through a collaborative effort.

Explore our current working groups and purchasing consortiums below:


The mission of the Center Of the Region, or "CORE," Work Group is to bring together elected officials and regional partners to:

  • share information about development, infrastructure, and green space plans and projects along the border between Wake and Durham Counties;
  • provide guidance to staff on the development, infrastructure, and green space issues; and
  • initiate projects, programs and agreements to address mutual issues or opportunities.

CORE Work Group Full Overview

CORE Members

The member jurisdictions of the CORE Work Group are the:

  • Town of Cary;
  • City of Durham;
  • Durham County;
  • Town of Morrisville;
  • City of Raleigh and;
  • Wake County

CORE Partners

Membership in the Work Group is distinct from participation in specific projects or agreements that might arise from Work Group discussions. Partner organizations that have participated in projects include the Research Triangle Foundation, the region’s two Metropolitan Planning Organizations, GoTriangle, North Carolina Department of Transportation, Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority, and Chatham County.

The CORE Work Group Meetings are open to all interested members of the public. 


Bring together representatives from the communities in southern Moore County to: 

  • initiate projects, programs, and agreements that address identified issues of mutual interest, and 

  • share information about development, infrastructure, and other projects that cross jurisdictional boundaries between the Town of Aberdeen, Town of Southern Pines, and Village of Pinehurst.

Work Plan Project Links:

Short-Term Rentals Report

Regional Occupancy Tax Comparison

Joint Zoning Maps:


  • Aberdeen
  • Pinehurst
  • Southern Pines


The Triangle Sustainability Partnership aims to enable joint purchasing, outreach, and education on clean energy issues, most notably solar energy. Participating local governments work collaboratively on regional campaigns and projects to promote and increase access to clean energy sources within their communities. 

Participating Communities

  • Chatham County
  • Durham County
  • Orange County
  • City of Durham
  • City of Raleigh
  • Apex
  • Carrboro
  • Cary
  • Chapel Hill
  • Hillsborough
  • Morrisville 

The Partnership's "Solarize the Triangle" campaign took place during Summer 2022 and Summer 2023 in partnership with provider Solar Crowdsource.

Solarize the Triangle


Multiple smart and connected communities are creating shared data standards that will improve municipal operations, drive economic growth, and improve the quality of life for citizens. In order to facilitate this, public and private partners are working together to create data sharing guidelines, common data sets, and recommendations for responsible use of this data.

  • Create standards for shareable data sets, schema, and ownership and security
  • Define vendor agnostic architecture guidelines - identify common smart and connected community technologies that can be used by each agency for data collection, transmission, visualization, storage, analysis, prediction, work order management, security, and internal/external sharing. 
  • Share data - data is in a shareable format, but each municipality will control what data is shared

Current Participants

  • City of Morrisville

  • City of Raleigh

  • City of Wilson

  • Town of Cary

  • Wake County

Project Spotlight: Regional Stormwater Monitoring

The Regional Data Sharing Group has implemented a stormwater and flood monitoring system using localized sensors. This initiative allows multiple communities in the region to monitor water levels and potential flood events in real-time. The use of low-cost sensors developed by Green Stream Technologies enables smaller communities to participate in the data sharing. Communities have taken proactive steps, such as adjusting traffic lights and issuing flood alerts, based on the collected data.

The project has been recognized with an IDC Smart Cities North America Award in the Smart Water category. The system not only benefits individual communities but also facilitates collaboration and data sharing.

The Triangle Regional Solid Waste Consortium is a newly formed partnership of city and county solid waste departments aimed at developing strategies and regional approaches in the areas of solid waste collection and disposal, recycling, biosolids, composting, yard waste, and household hazardous materials.  

TRSWC convenes bi-monthly and allows for solid waste departments to share insights, challenges, and solutions. CPRC staff is committed to assisting the consortium by providing research and education on solid waste best practices, detailed reviews of solid waste programs, and processes to develop short and long-term strategies for Consortium members. 

Participating Members

  • Apex
  • City of Durham
  • Cary 
  • Chatham County
  • Holly Springs
  • Raleigh
  • Wake County
  • Durham County
  • Orange County

TRSWC is open to new members add more members. Interested in joining or learning more? Please contact Alex Halloway at

Our Drug and Alcohol testing program assists member governments and partner agencies comply with the testing program requirements of the U.S Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Federal Transit Administration.

Through a long-standing partnership with provider SafeTWorks, the program provides technical expertise including:

  • monitoring federal regulations
  • conducting random selections, reporting results, and record keeping
  • database maintenance and policy and procedure development
  • Employee, supervisory, and designated employer representative (DER) training. 
  • Federal Clearinghouse compliance

Current Participants

  • Benson
  • Chatham County
  • Fuquay-Varina
  • GoTriangle
  • Hillsborough
  • Holly Springs
  • Knightdale
  • NC State University
  • Orange County
  • Pinehurst
  • Pittsboro
  • Sanford
  • Siler City
  • Smithfield
  • Wendell
  • Zebulon

Consortium Contact
Alana Keegan,