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Research Triangle Park Unveils a New Master Plan and Hits the Road

10/31/2012

(Raleigh, NC, Oct. 31, 2012) The Research Triangle Foundation, which manages the storied Research Triangle Park (RTP), is slated to deliver two major announcements in early November.

At the first event, on Nov. 9, Bob Geolas, President and CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation, and other leaders will unveil a Master Plan for the Park.  The plan is intended to give the Park a more urban design that will attract a new generation of entrepreneurs and creative employees.  The Park also will announce the selection of a private partner to support the redevelopment efforts.

Geolas said, “Companies and employees today want an environment and an experience that encourages collaboration and creativity.  Our new Master Plan is designed to do just that.”

The second event, “Pathways to Opportunity,” is a bus tour that will start on Nov. 13 and put the Research Triangle Foundation on the road throughout the month. Aimed at redeveloping the Park, reconnecting with all of North Carolina and reimagining how the state can meet the challenges of 21st Century economic competition, the tour will visit more than two dozen locations around the state, including community colleges and universities.

Geolas said, “We want to reaffirm the Park’s founding mission, which is to serve all of North Carolina.  We should begin that process by getting around the state, meeting with people and hearing about the challenges and opportunities they face.”

Geolas cited Archie Davis of Winston-Salem, one of RTP’s original visionaries, as one of his inspirations. “Archie Davis traveled across North Carolina in a little white car.  He asked people to be part of establishing the RTP as an investment in the state’s future.  That investment paid off.  It’s time to look again at how we can work together for North Carolina’s future – and it’s time we got behind the wheel again.”

The “Pathways to Opportunity” Bus Tour Schedule

The bus tour will begin after a kickoff luncheon at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh on Tuesday, Nov. 13.  Geolas will be present, but other speakers will include Bob Ingram, chairman of the Research Triangle Foundation Board, Governor Bev Perdue and other RTP leaders. 

North Carolina’s newly elected governor also will be asked to speak.

The tentative schedule for the bus tour is:

11/13: Raleigh, Greensboro
11/14: Sanford, Asheboro, Winston-Salem
11/15: Boone, Conover, Asheville
11/16: Lenoir, Charlotte
11/19: Raleigh, Durham
11/26: Rocky Mount, Pinetops, Elizabeth City
11/27: Washington, Greenville
11/28: Kinston
11/29: Wilmington, Fayetteville
11/30: Pembroke, Pinehurst
12/03: RTP Headquarters

Details -- as well as coverage of each tour stop – will be administered throughout the tour via the RTF’s Twitter handle (@TheRTP), and the Pathways to Opportunity Twitter handle (@ReimagineNC).

There will also be a live, USTREAM broadcast of both the Nov. 9 and Nov. 13 events accessible via http://www.ustream.tv/channel/reimaginenc -- so that all the residents of North Carolina (and beyond) can tune in.

Media representatives interested in covering either event or boarding the bus for a leg of the tour should contact Erin Monda at 203-560-5002 or at communications@rtp.org.

About the Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina

The Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina serves the Research Triangle Park, a bellwether institution that was once referred to by Governor Luther Hodges as the “heart and hope of North Carolina.”

Situated centrally among Duke University, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, RTP contains 7,000 acres, 40,000 employees, and over 170 companies, including Avaya, Cisco, Credit Suisse, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, NetApp, RTI International and Syngenta. RTP is also home to the Park Research Center (PRC), an affordable incubation space for entrepreneurs and startups.