Different geographical regions across the United States face specific electric grid challenges, such as recurring weather extremes, integration of distributed energy resources (DERs), and an aging electricity infrastructure. On the hurricane-prone Southeast Coast of the United States, damage to electrical infrastructure is not merely inconvenient—it can cause loss of life and millions to billions of dollars in economic losses. Advancing the state of the grid in the Southeast to improve overall system resiliency will reduce the impact of these weather events. Engaging regional stakeholders is crucial to effectively developing new technologies to address the unique regional challenges they face. This involvement will help overcome barriers in transitioning modern, new grid technologies to industry.