Why is it called the Research Triangle Region?
Located in the center of North Carolina, the Research Triangle Region gets its name from the Research Triangle Park, the nation’s largest research park, and its location relative to the thee surrounding Tier 1 research universities – Duke University in Durham, North Carolina State University in Raleigh, and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
Created in 1959 with the idea for the universities to conduct research together, leverage the area’s strengths and keep graduates in the state, the Research Triangle Park’s purpose and goal was to increase innovation in the area.
Since that time, the region has become known as a leading hub for collaboration and research. As the park grew, so did the region’s 11 counties with advances in the advanced manufacturing, life sciences, technology, agtech, and cleantech industries.