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Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Park

RTP headquarters at 12 Davis Drive

Founded 1959 (1959)

Headquarters Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Park, North Carolina

Website www.rtp.org

The Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Park (RTP) is one of the largest research parks in the world.[1][2][3] It is named for the three hub cities of Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill, or more properly for the three major research universities in those three cities (Duke University, NC State University, and the University of North Carolina
North Carolina
at Chapel Hill respectively). The Research Triangle
Research Triangle
region of North Carolina
North Carolina
received its name as an extension of the name of the park. Besides the three anchor cities, the park is also bounded by the communities of Morrisville and Cary and the proposed annexations to the town of Pittsboro would also bring that community into close contact with the RTP. Approximately one fourth of the park's territory lies in Wake County, but the majority of its land is in Durham County.[4]

Contents

1 Overview 2 History 3 Local government 4 Master Plan, Redevelopment, and Park Center 5 Subsidiaries of The Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Park Foundation 6 Universities
Universities
in the Research Triangle
Research Triangle
area 7 See also 8 References 9 Bibliography 10 External links

Overview[edit] RTP is one of the most prominent high-tech research and development parks in the United States. It was created in 1959[5] by state and local governments, nearby universities, and local business interests. Karl Robbins bought the land where the park is now built. The park covers 7,000 acres (2,833 ha) situated in a pine forest with 22,500,000 square feet (2,090,318 m2) of built space.[1] The park is traversed by Interstate 40; the Durham Freeway; and NC 540. It is managed by the Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Foundation, a private non-profit organization.[6] The park is home to over 200 companies employing 50,000 workers and 10,000 contractors,[7][8] including the second largest IBM
IBM
operation in the world, smaller only than the one in India; the company has around 14,000 employees in RTP.[9][unreliable source?] The park hosts one of GlaxoSmithKline's largest R&D centers with approximately 5,000 employees.[10] Cisco Systems' campus in RTP, with approximately 5,000 employees, is the second highest concentration of its employees outside of its Silicon Valley corporate headquarters.[11] History[edit] Following World War II, North Carolina's economy could no longer depend upon their traditional industries of agriculture, textiles, and furniture; their market share was in decline and jobs were leaving. Academics at N.C. State and Duke came up with the idea of creating the park so that the universities could do research together, leverage the area’s strengths, and keep graduates in state.[12] Established in 1951 and located in North Carolina, Research Triangle Park was created to increase innovation in the area. It is bordered by Duke University, North Carolina
North Carolina
State University, and the University of North Carolina
North Carolina
at Chapel Hill. At first, the park struggled to recruit innovators, but in 1965, Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Park saw its largest surge of growth, thanks to heavy recruiting by the state’s government and Archibald (Archie) Davis.[13] In their article “The Growth of Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Park,” Link and Scott posit that entrepreneurial culture and, especially, leadership contributed the most to its success as a cluster. Archie Davis promoted a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship by locating the park near universities, actively recruiting organizations (like the American Academy of Arts and Sciences), and used his vision to raise funding for the park. Davis strongly believed that profits could not be the only driver for creating the park - the betterment of the community should be the key goal. The love of this state … was the motivation for the Research Triangle idea,” he said. “ Research Triangle
Research Triangle
is a manifestation of what North Carolina
North Carolina
is all about.” Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Park remains, to this day, a nonprofit.[12] Local government[edit] The park is an unincorporated area, and state law prohibits municipalities from annexing areas within the park.[14] Some local government functions are served by the Durham-Wake Counties Research and Production Service District, a special tax district created in 1986[15][16] that is conterminous with the park, wherein the property tax rate is limited to 10 cents per $100 valuation.[17] The park has special zoning as a Research Applications District in the Wake County portion, and a Scientific Research Park in the Durham County portion. As of October 2012, both zoning areas are in the process of being revised to allow higher density development.[18] The zoning changes are coupled with legislative changes allowing for Urban Research Service Districts (URSD) within the Park, which can include a mix of retail and residential usages.[19] These newly permitted URSDs could levy taxes at the same rate as a neighboring city.[17] Master Plan, Redevelopment, and Park Center[edit] On October 1, 2015, President and CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation, Bob Geolas, announced RTP’s plans for a $50 million redevelopment involving the formation of “Park Center.” $20 million will be allocated from Durham County, $10 million from the Durham-Wake Counties Research and Production Service District, and $20 million as a result of land purchases and site work provided by the Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Foundation of North Carolina.[20] Park Center is to be over 300,000 square feet of public space at the heart of the Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Park. This public area will include retail outlets, food and beverage venues, and entertainment space. Geolas states that “We want to make all of this as local as possible. I would like to have as few chains, no chains if we could. I’d love for it all to be local. Local coffee, local food, local produce, local products.”[21] The redevelopment plans also include exploring partnerships with regional transit groups. The hope of the Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Foundation is to broaden public transportation to and from the area. According to Geolas, “We are currently having discussions about bringing the Regional Transit Center over to Park Center so that we can connect with all of our transit links.” A public commuter rail is also in talks.[22] Subsidiaries of The Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Park Foundation[edit] The Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Park Foundation operates three buildings within RTP. These three buildings are The Frontier, The Lab, and The Archie K. Davis Conference Center. The Frontier is an innovative collaboration space that was first opened in January 2015. Since its inception, over 20,000 visitors have come through The Frontier's doors.[23] The Lab is a full-service lab and office space that houses multiple Research and Development companies.[24] The Archie K. Davis Conference Center is a 6,800-square-foot event space. The AKD Conference Center is also home to the Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Park Foundation main offices.[25] Universities
Universities
in the Research Triangle
Research Triangle
area[edit] See also: Category: Universities
Universities
and colleges in the Research Triangle.

Campbell University's Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law Duke University Meredith College North Carolina
North Carolina
Central University North Carolina
North Carolina
State University St. Augustine's University Shaw University Skema Business School Strayer University University of North Carolina
North Carolina
at Chapel Hill William Peace University

See also[edit]

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Research Triangle
Park.

References[edit]

^ a b "About RTP The Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Park". Rtp.org. Retrieved 2013-05-16.  ^ "Minneapolis to host annual conference of university research parks". MedCity News. 2010-08-09. Retrieved 2013-05-16.  ^ "Research Parks and Job Creation: Innovation Through Cooperation". .nationalacademies.org. 2009-12-09. Retrieved 2013-05-16.  ^ " Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Park" (PDF).  ^ Carolyn Sakowski; Sue Clark; Angela Harwood; Steve Kirk; Artie Sparrow; Anne Holcomb Waters (2010), Travel North Carolina: Going Native in the Old North State (4 ed.), John F. Blair, ISBN 978-0-89587-379-8, retrieved 2011-12-14  ^ Chodavadia, Parth. " Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Park develops strategy for future growth The Chronicle". Dukechronicle.com. Retrieved 2013-05-16.  ^ Bracken, David (2010-09-04). "RTP begins updating its master plan Local/State". NewsObserver.com. Retrieved 2013-05-16.  ^ "RTP: Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Primer". Forbes. 2012-04-18. Retrieved 2013-05-16.  ^ "United States".  ^ WRAL Tech Wire (2011-02-16). "GSK cutting positions in RTP, nationwide -TechWire Insider :: Editor's Blog at WRAL Tech Wire". Wraltechwire.com. Retrieved 2013-05-16.  ^ "Cisco to slash 6,500 workers; RTP impact unknown". WRAL.com. 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2013-05-16.  ^ a b "The Man and Plan Behind Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Park – Our State Magazine". Our State Magazine. 2014-08-25. Retrieved 2017-12-06.  ^ Link, Albert N.; Scott, John T. (2003). "The Growth of Research Triangle Park". Small Business Economics. 20 (2): 167–175. doi:10.2307/40229257.  ^ "Could RDU do more for Durham?", Raleigh News & Observer, 13-Sept-2009, p.13A ^ "Self-Driving Tour of Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Park" (PDF).  ^ "The Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Park Jogging & Pedestrian Trails" (PDF).  ^ a b Choose RTP Park Life About RTP Contact Us Blog (2012-07-31). "Master Plan Update: Legislative Changes Approved". The RTP Blog. Retrieved 2013-05-16.  ^ Choose RTP Park Life About RTP Contact Us Blog (2012-10-03). "Master Plan Update: Zoning Gives Room to Grow". The RTP Blog. Retrieved 2013-05-16.  ^ Bracken, David (2012-07-16). "New RTP master plan to be unveiled this fall Local/State". NewsObserver.com. Retrieved 2013-05-16.  ^ "RTP Reveals Park Center Plan - The Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Park". The Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Park. Retrieved 2016-01-29.  ^ "Park Center Redevelopment". The Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Park. Retrieved 2016-01-29.  ^ "RTP Announces $50M for Park Center Development". Vimeo. Retrieved 2016-01-29.  ^ "The Frontier". The Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Park. Retrieved 2016-05-03.  ^ "The Lab - The Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Park". The Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Park. Retrieved 2016-05-03.  ^ "About The AKD Conference Center - The Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Park". The Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Park. Retrieved 2016-05-03. 

Bibliography[edit]

Link, Albert N. (1995). A Generosity of Spirit: The Early History of the Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Park. Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Park: Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina. ISBN 978-0-9648051-0-1. OCLC 33045964.  Link, Albert N. (2002). From Seed to Harvest: The Growth of the Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Park. Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Park: Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina. ISBN 978-0-9648051-1-8. OCLC 50694901. 

External links[edit]

Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Park Web site Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Regional Partnership North Carolina's Research Triangle
Research Triangle
Park: An Investment in the Future UNC-TV documentary commemorating RTP's 40th anniversary, produced by John Wilson and narrated by Carl Kasell of NPR News

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