Research Triangle Park http://wunc.org en Big Changes On The Way For Research Triangle Park http://wunc.org/post/big-changes-way-research-triangle-park <p></p><p>The Research Triangle Foundation has announced plans for a major expansion - its first mixed-use development project since the park opened. In a matter of weeks, 100 acres of prime real estate in RTP became available. The Research Triangle Foundation scooped it up at a price tag of $17 million dollars.<br /><br />Bob Geolas is President and CEO of the foundation: "Look it's a big idea, it's a big vision. As RTP was itself 50 years ago." Geolas says that big idea will become Park Center - a mix of residential, cafes, business and retail.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 18:18:55 +0000 Carol Jackson & Leoneda Inge 29957 at http://wunc.org Big Changes On The Way For Research Triangle Park Furloughed EPA Workers Opt For Public Service http://wunc.org/post/furloughed-epa-workers-opt-public-service <p></p><p></p><p>One of the largest <a href="http://www.epa.gov/rtp/">EPA</a> offices outside of Washington DC is in Research Triangle Park.&nbsp; That means some 2,000 employees are at home and not working during the government shut-down.&nbsp; But on Tuesday, a few dozen EPA workers could be found spending their un-wanted time off doing community service.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 10:21:50 +0000 Leoneda Inge 23527 at http://wunc.org Furloughed EPA Workers Opt For Public Service Insecticide Producer BASF Expands Research Facility In RTP http://wunc.org/post/insecticide-producer-basf-expands-research-facility-rtp <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Officials with a leading plant sciences company have expanded their presence in Research Triangle Park.&nbsp; </span><a href="http://www.basf.com/group/corporate/en/" style="line-height: 1.5;">BASF</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> cut the ribbon today on new lab, office and greenhouse space.&nbsp; The expansion cost $33 million.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The new addition includes an insect production facility, or an "insect zoo," to aid in testing bug-killing agents.&nbsp; Nigel </span>Armes<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is </span>BASF's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> director of research and development.&nbsp; He says the facility is key in establishing the company as a leader in insecticide production.</span><br><br> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 20:28:36 +0000 Gurnal Scott 21944 at http://wunc.org Insecticide Producer BASF Expands Research Facility In RTP Leaders Discuss How To Build NC's Biopharmaceutical Industry http://wunc.org/post/leaders-discuss-how-build-ncs-biopharmaceutical-industry <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">GlaxoSmithKline hosted a gathering today in </span>RTP<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for policy, non-profit and business leaders in the biopharmaceutical industry.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jack Bailey, a Senior Vice President at </span>GSK<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, says there are well over 100,000 North Carolinians working in the Life Sciences, 5,000 of them at his company.</span><br><br>“So it’s a very big important industry, it’s created a lot of jobs," Bailey says. "And really what we want to do today is start a discussion on how, at this great change in health care, we can make sure both federal, state and local policy decisions get made that continue to accelerate that innovation that comes out of companies like GSK.”</p><p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 20:15:27 +0000 Leoneda Inge 19700 at http://wunc.org Leaders Discuss How To Build NC's Biopharmaceutical Industry New Master Plan For RTP http://wunc.org/post/new-master-plan-rtp <p>Research Triangle Park leaders have rolled out a new <a href="http://rtp.org/research-triangle-parks-master-plan" target="_blank">master plan</a> to transform the business center into a more community-friendly atmosphere.&nbsp;<br><br><strong>Gurnal Scott: </strong>You may not realize that RTP has been around 53 years. Its foundation says it must look beyond its original vision of business innovation to grow in the next half century. CEO Bob Geolas says job growth is still a top priority.<br> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 21:30:00 +0000 Gurnal Scott 4638 at http://wunc.org NC Economic Forecast Brings Optimism http://wunc.org/post/nc-economic-forecast-brings-optimism <p>The mood was a bit more up-beat at this year’s Economic Forecast Forum in Research Triangle Park.&nbsp; In recent years, the gatherings have been more about the recession than the recovery.&nbsp; But, yesterday’s annual forecast forum and luncheon brought out a mix of “optimism” and “reality” that seemed easier for state leaders in politics, banking and business to swallow.<br><br>Hundreds of people sipped on iced tea and nibbled on carrot cake as the speeches began&nbsp; beginning with Governor Bev Perdue.<br> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 13:55:53 +0000 Leoneda Inge 3608 at http://wunc.org NetApp Plans Expansion in RTP http://wunc.org/post/netapp-plans-expansion-rtp <p>A data storage and development company in Research Triangle Park plans a major workforce expansion.&nbsp;<br><br><strong>Gurnal Scott:</strong> Governor Bev Pergue couldn't be happier about what NetApp is setting out to do.<br><br><strong>Bev Perdue:</strong> Creating 460 new jobs and investing 75 million dollars for the next four years right here.<br><br>NetApp has a reputation nationally as one of the best places to work. Senior Vice President Denise Cox says that's mostly because they attract people motivated to succeed<br> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Gurnal Scott 2028 at http://wunc.org Quintiles To Open China Headquarters http://wunc.org/post/quintiles-open-china-headquarters <p>Durham-based Quintiles has had a strong presence in China for 15 years. Now it is building a headquarters there to serve nearby Asian countries.<br><br><strong>Leoneda Inge:&nbsp; </strong>Quintiles is building a 14-million dollar regional headquarters in Shanghai. The bio-pharmaceutical services company that manages clinical trials already has a presence in Beijing and Hong Kong.&nbsp; Phil Bridges is a spokesman for Quintiles.&nbsp; He says it was time to significantly expand lab testing capabilities in China.<br>&nbsp; Tue, 19 Jun 2012 10:55:00 +0000 Leoneda Inge 2312 at http://wunc.org State Of Research Triangle Region http://wunc.org/post/state-research-triangle-region <p>Business Leaders, economic developers and other stakeholders came out in the hundreds to hear yesterday’s State of the Research Triangle Region address.<br><br><strong>Leoneda Inge:</strong> Charles Hayes is President and CEO of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership. He says in 2011 the region’s population grew by nearly two percent and wages grew by almost five-percent. But job growth is still slow. Hayes says since their economic plan was implemented in 2009 the 13 county region has added only 22,400 jobs.<br> Fri, 25 May 2012 19:20:00 +0000 Leoneda Inge 2439 at http://wunc.org State Of Research Triangle Region Enhancing Raleigh's Innovative Spirit http://wunc.org/post/enhancing-raleighs-innovative-spirit <p>The city of Raleigh, NC State University, and private companies are holding a one-day Innovation Summit today. Their goal is to enhance the capitol city’s reputation as a place for tech startups.</p> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 08:30:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 3439 at http://wunc.org