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Founding Research Triangle Park

As the tobacco, textiles and furniture industries stagnated, the 1950s found public and private leaders looking for new economic drivers for the state. The idea of the Research Triangle Park was born, making innovation the new engine for North Carolina’s economic growth. With RTP now home to many large, internationally known companies, it is an economic powerhouse for the state and a national model of cooperation between business, government and higher education.

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  • YMCA, circa 1960 to 1969. Item 0022136. Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • Group including George Watts Hill and George Simpson, 1958. Courtesy of Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina
  • Portrait of Governor Luther Hodges in front of the North Carolina State Capitol in Raleigh, NC.1961. Photograph by Hugh Morton, copyright 1961, North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina Library at Chapel Hill
  • Pearson H. Stewart, unidentified Durham city official, George L. Simpson Jr.; Romeo H. Guest, Jr.; and George Watts Hill at an early planning meeting about RTP, February 1958. Courtesy of Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina
  • Students working in a chemistry laboratory, circa 1950 to 1959. Item 0020078. Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • Scientist in a textile laboratory testing chemicals, circa 1950 to 1959. Item: 0020112. Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • Archibald (Archie) Kimbrough Davis and Mary Louise Bahnson Davis, 1965. Courtesy of Forsyth County Public Library Photograph Collection, Winston-Salem, NC.
  • North Carolina Governor Bob Scott in meeting about the Research Triangle Park, 5 November 1969. Courtesy of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • North Carolina Governor Bob Scott in meeting about the proposed Research Triangle Park, 1960s. Courtesy of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • RTP headquarters aerial, 1959. Courtesy of Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina
  • IBM groundbreaking, RTP headquarters. Courtesy of Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina
  • Research Triangle Regional Mass Spectrometry Center, 1972. Courtesy of Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina
  • Burroughs Wellcome Headquarters - Exterior 01. Image from the Archives of the Paul Rudolph Foundation (www.paulrudolph.org)
  • EPA aerial, RTP. Courtesy of Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina
  • GlaxoSmithKline, RTP. Courtesy of Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina
  • RTP Headquarters Sign. Courtesy of Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina
  • Biotechnology, RTP. Courtesy of Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina
  • RTP today. Courtesy of Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina
  • IBM groundbreaking in 1965. Courtesy of Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina

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