Future Directions for Research Triangle Park

For more than fifty years, Research Triangle Park (RTP) has been a major research and technology hub with a strong work force and a unique pastoral environment.  Today, RTP is home to 170 companies that employ 40,000 people.  It has the legacy, brand, and momentum to continue being a significant economic player.

To address the high growth rates and potential future development challenges, several initiatives are underway to ensure that RTP remains a dynamic engine for the innovation economy.  These plans, outlined in a new Master Plan, will counter the typical challenges with established, large, and successful research parks:

  • Limited available sites and leasable space
  • Inadequate transit and regional congestion
  • Use restrictions
  • Lack of cohesive identity
  • Limited amenities
The principles guiding new development will focus on increasing both density and nature, providing 21st century amenities and practicing sustainability.  The Master Plan involves building mixed use centers, as well as research and business support clusters.

These park centers will be cores for retail, residences, hotels, education, and shared open spaces.  They will offer a great range of amenities, regenerate intensity and buzz, and restore natural systems to foster a productive and healthy environment.  In addition, transit planning will be integrated into future developments to enable more sustainable approaches to accessing and navigating RTP, while preserving and enhancing North Carolina's natural biodiversity.  

Mixed Use Centers Park Centers Research Clusters

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