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Research Triangle Park

In the heart of North Carolina lies an area called the Research Triangle which is named for three universities that form that triad. They are Duke University in Durham, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University in Raleigh. In 1959, some of the strongest leaders from business, academia and industry collaborated on the idea of creating a research park in that area.

RTP grew from a concept to a reality under the leadership of Governor Luther Hodges and a fundraising effort that amounted to over $1.4 million. Its first tenant, The Research Triangle Institute, is still in operation as the fourth-largest non-profit contract research organization in our nation.

The Research Triangle Park, now home to 35,000 full time employees, is the largest research park in the United States. Owned and developed by the Research Triangle Foundation, a private, not-for-profit organization, RTP is internationally recognized for its cutting-edge research and development.

RTP has over 100 research and development facilities some of which include: IBM, EPA, Cisco Systems, Inc., Sony/Ericsson, Nortel Networks, GlaxoSmithKline, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Overture Networks, and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. These companies are situated on 7,000 acres of North Carolina pine forest, where approximately 1,100 acres is used for interactive R & D. Organizations vary by domain from biotechnology, chemical, environmental science, telecommunications, materials science, microelectronics, to pharmaceutical/healthcare operations.

Another 100-acre piece of land, known as the Triangle Service Center, Inc., is parceled out to commercial for-profit operations, such as the Radisson Governor’s Inn, along with other hotels housing facilities for large corporate meetings. Included in this area are the Bank of America, Wachovia Bank, and The Triangle Transit Authority. Off of Alexander Drive lie a series of buildings leased to several small to mid-sized companies.

Surrounding the park itself are numerous places to dine. Whatever cuisine delights you can be found within a short drive from your office, hotel, or residence. A virtual plethora of choices await guests, consisting of American, Caribbean, Chinese, French, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Mediterranean, as well as Mexican fare.

A world within itself, the Research Triangle Park awaits your visit as you discover why so many recognize this area as a small megalopolis of industry and commerce.

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