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Research Triangle Park

Research Triangle Park headquarters
Founded 1959 (1959)
Headquarters Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

The Research Triangle Park (RTP) is one of the largest research parks in the world.[1][2][3] It is located near Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill, in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina. Approximately one fourth of the park's territory lies in Wake County, but the majority of its land is in Durham County.[4]


  • Overview 1
  • Local government 2
  • Master plan 3
  • Companies and institutions in or near the Research Triangle Park 4
  • Universities 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • Bibliography 8
  • External links 9


It is one of the most prominent

  • Research Triangle Park Web site
  • Research Triangle Regional Partnership
  • North Carolina's 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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Companies and institutions in or near the Research Triangle Park

On November 9, 2012, an update to the RTP master plan was released for the first time since the park's creation in 1959. With 39,000 employees in 22,000,000 square feet (2,000,000 m2) of office space, RTP only had 600 acres (240 ha) left under previous rules, enough for 6000 more employees and 4,000,000 square feet (370,000 m2) to be added. John Alschuler of HR&A Advisors said the new plan would allow 150,000 employees in 84,000,000 square feet (7,800,000 m2) of space. Three areas would offer new development. Triangle Commons in Durham County would have 300 acres (120 ha) to 400 acres (160 ha) and 7,000,000 square feet (650,000 m2) of office space, a hotel and conference center, a new science and technology high school and a commuter rail station. Park Center at N.C. 54 and Davis Drive, seriously underutilized, would become a business support center. Kit Creek Center in Wake County would have 850 acres (340 ha) with a commuter rail station and add 2,200,000 square feet (200,000 m2) to 3,300,000 square feet (310,000 m2) of office space.[18][19]

Master plan

The park is an [15]

Local government

The park is home to over 190 companies employing 50,000 workers and 10,000 contractors,[7][8] including the second largest IBM operation in the world, smaller only than the one in India; the company has around 14,000 employees in RTP.[9] 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]


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