Park Center – A New Kind of Place, in the Research Triangle Park

Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 in Business, Community | 0 comments

The Research Triangle Foundation, a not-for-profit responsible for building the Research Triangle Park back in the 50s, has made a surprise announcement: its been buying up several adjacent properties along I-40. And it intends to build.

The parcels purchased, prime real estate, are called Park Center. Acquired for $17 million and totaling nearly 100 acres — this land will become the geographic and figurative heart of RTP’s redevelopment. Featuring RTP’s first area of mixed-use growth, Park Center will be a new way of living and working for one of America’s most important regions of innovation.

This is not just a redevelopment. RTP was funded by a mix of everyday people, and it is, to this day, pledged to a purpose: to serve North Carolina.

“This is an investment in our shared future,” said Bob Geolas, RTF’s President and CEO. “With Park Center, we want to provide the physical space, engaging community and collaborative environment necessary to attract and nurture the new generation of risk-takers and innovators who will carry our state forward in the decades ahead.”

The Park Center project is bounded by I-40, Davis Drive, N.C. 54 and N.C. 147. The Governor’s Inn and more than a dozen outdated, hulking office buildings on the property, most of which have stood vacant for years, will be razed in the months ahead.  The Foundation will work closely with Research Triangle High School, a two-year-old charter school currently operating in converted retail space on one of the acquired parcels, to identify a location for new space for the school within the redevelopment plan.

The proposed mixed-use project is a first for the Foundation, which was created in 1959 as the steward of the Research Triangle Park. Although the Park was the brainchild of former Gov. Luther Hodges, the Foundation is a not-for-profit organization. Archie Davis, the Foundation’s first president, traveled the state raising money from donors big and small with a dream of lifting the state out of its economic mire. The Park has been developed based on an historic partnership. The state provides funding to support our universities, infrastructure, and economic development. The Foundation operates and manages the Park as a private entity with a strong public purpose. RTP remains the only research park in the nation to operate without public funds.

The Park’s mission is simple but revolutionary: to support education, to create knowledge-based jobs for the people of North Carolina and to improve the quality of life across the state. Geolas and the Foundation’s board envision the Park Center redevelopment as embodying that mission. The project will boast a vibrant mix of residential, cafes, restaurants and retail.  But this is not just another mixed use development plan. Park Center will be a showcase for new technologies as well as the humanities and a venue for education, entertainment and ingenuity.

“Our founders took a lot of risks in creating the RTP,” said Geolas. “It was their vision, and their generosity of spirit, that brought together business with our universities, that took our state from 49th in the nation to becoming a global leader in life science and technology.”

At its founding, RTP was the largest research park in the world, and quickly became an economic engine for the state. Today it remains the largest research park in North America, known around the globe for such multi-national companies as IBM, Cisco, Cree, Syngenta, RTI, Fidelity Investments, BASF, Biogen IDEC, GlaxoSmithKline, United Therapeutics and Bayer CropScience.

“What we are seeing is a new generation of thinkers and innovators emerge in RTP, “said Geolas. “With Park Center, we will provide the physical space, and collaborative environment needed to support the risk-takers who will carry our state forward to a new future.”

Press contacts:

Erin Monday, RTF Communications Director,, 919.433.2017 (direct); 203.560.5002 (cell)

To learn more about RTP and its ongoing story, please follow the organization’s Twitter@TheRTP.

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Map of site

Map of Park Center

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SLR Where’s Walter Holiday Shopping Contest

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Business, Community, events | 0 comments

Sir Walter will be in SLR participating member locations.

Sir Walter will be in SLR participating member locations.

Shop Local Raleigh is hosting their next, bigger, and better than ever Instagram contest! Sir Walter will be hidden all over Wake County in its finest locally owned and independent businesses! So, here’s the premise:

  • Find him and snap a picture, post that picture with the hashtag #WheresWalter
  • Each time you do, you get 1 entry to win a super awesome grand prize
  • What is that prize?? A custom-painted Shop Local Raleigh Moped!
  • The final drawing will be on December 11th from 6pm-8pm at Lucky B’s!
  • We will be drawing for the Moped and oodles of other prizes!

More info in SLR newsletter. Happy Holiday shopping, you could win if you just SHOP LOCAL!

Super tricked-out moped!

Super tricked-out moped!

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Upcoming Entrepreneurship and Startup Events

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in Business, events | 0 comments

- ProductCampRTP Happy Hour – Thursday, November 11th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Carolina Ale House - Details Here

- NC State Entrepreneurship Initiative: Lecture Series – Monday, November 11th at 3:00pm at McKimmon Center - More Info

- Conversation with the Co-Founder of reddit: Monday, November 11th, 7:00pm – 9:00pm at UNC - Details Here

- The Startup Factory: Fall Company Showcase – Tuesday, November 12th, 9:45am – 12:30pm at Fletcher Theater in Raleigh - More Info

- Internet Summit/Startup Summit 2013 – November 12-14th at Raleigh Convention Center – Details Here

- Triangle Startup Weekend – November 15-17th in Chapel Hill - More Info

- Exit Event Startup Social – Monday, November 18th at 6:00pm at Crank Arm Brewing - Details Here

- Co-Founders Lab: Matchup – Tuesday, November 19th at 6:30pm at HQ Raleigh - Details Here

- CED Straight Talk: 5 Critical Components to Building a Winning Startup Team – Wednesday, November 20th at 12:00pm at HQ Raleigh - More Info

- Raleigh Innovation Summit 2013: The Download – November 21st at 5:30pm at HQ Raleigh - Details Here

- Feelgoodz Holiday Pop up Shop Weekend – December 6-7 at Feelgoodz Treehouse - More Info

Derrick P. Minor
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Manager
City of Raleigh, Economic Development
(919) 996-3129 – Direct

Twitter: @DerrickMinor
LinkedIn: Derrick Minor

Upcoming Events Schedule: HERE

The Entrepreneur Must Lead: VIDEO

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Startup and Play Presents Fall Kick-off Event

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in Business, Community, events | 0 comments

S&PRALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 27, 2013) – Startup and Play’s Fall Kick-off event is set for Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 from 6-8:30pm and will be held at HQ Raleigh on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. The event is organized by Will Hardison and Sarah Styron of FanBase, Sidney Hargrove, and Ashley Moss of Hello Productions.

Startup and Play is a quarterly social that brings 8-12 local startup companies and organizations out to meet and greet with the community. There is no set agenda and anyone can attend.

The event, often described as an adult science fair, features food and beverages, fun activities, and attracts approximately 200 attendees. Join Startup and Play in kicking off Triangle Entrepreneurship Week 2013 with our fall event.

Tickets are free to the public but space is limited, register on Eventbrite to claim your spot: A showcaser must fill out an application: and pay the $50 fee. Contact us on Twitter or shoot an email to if you’re interested in sponsorship.


About Startup and Play

Our mission is to help create support for consumer-facing Triangle startups. We passionately believe that the Triangle community is stronger if we all work together. Our goal is to connect all of the cool, young companies directly with the community at large and with each other. Ultimately, Startup and Play helps bridge the Durham-Chapel Hill-Raleigh ecosystems through a collective celebration of entrepreneurship.,


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What’s cooler than a Cowfish?

Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in Business, Community, Restaurant | 0 comments

By Sarah Styron

Gwen Poth, the powerhouse promoter of Cowfish totally hooked our team up with a lunch reservation at Cowfish Raleigh. From the welcoming hostess, Amber at the door to manager, Stephen greeting us, to our super cool waiter, Josh …who we appropriately nicknamed the bus driver, because he took us to school on the menu …we were treated like royalty, like family.

Blackened Ahi Tuna Nachos

Blackened Ahi Tuna Nachos

Ryan, one of the fabulous chefs brought us a custom sushi and sashimi plate and a sampling of their other to-die-for appetizers. The blackened Ahi Tuna Nachos (with famous Crab Rangoon dip) was about the best thing I’ve ever tasted, the tuna just melted in your mouth. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted such fresh ingredients in Raleigh EVER! And I’m a TOUGH seafood critic, being raised on the coast of NC with a fisherman as a Daddy. Ryan even treated us to fresh octopus that had been flown in from the islands of Hawaii; I forgot that I WASN’T indeed sitting on the beach for a moment there.

While waiting on our meal, owner Marcus Hall took us into the Cowfish bus, which was an idea that originated from their Charlotte restaurant as a convenient shuttle. You can rent the Raleigh party-style bus out for the night to come pick you up and take you to Cowfish and then home, BRILLIANT!

Not only does Marcus know the restaurant business inside and out with the goal of making everyone’s experience absolutely one-of-a-kind, he can also dish out some pretty great tunes. Jack of all trades, right? Anyone seen the “When Jesus Comes Back” video?? That’s Marcus! Sorry Chapel Hill friends, but an owner that bleeds red and white – I’m a patron for life! Go Wolfpack!

There are also plans to turn some of the outside area into a stage, so keep an eye out for that to come sometime before September. You heard that from us first, it’s like the best of both worlds. And it seems a lot of the Cowfish crew has a love for live music!

The Thundering Herd Bison Burger

The Thundering Herd Bison Burger

Our team split some burgers and fusion specialty sushi and everything was cooked/prepared perfectly. I love that Cowfish offers something for everyone, a perfect

spot for the best burger and sushi. We topped it off with a Cowfish Classic Shake, there isn’t anything they can’t do!

It only gets better with the décor and the bathrooms – I don’t even know where to start. The bathrooms have custom “Rosetta Stone” lessons for Indonesian translated to red neck. And did you know that there really is a fish species, the cowfish? Yup, you can find them in the martini-shaped, 22,000 galloon fish tank inside the restaurant. It’s like a mini aquarium garnished with cheeseburgers and soy sauce. The Cowfish Raleigh centerpiece was featured on the Animal Planet’s reality show “Tanked” that the show’s stars designed and built. Marcus mentioned being tied up for awhile by network waivers, but now it’s a must see, photo showstopper to complete your experience!

The centerpiece: aquarium filled with live cowfish

The centerpiece: aquarium filled with live cowfish

Oh and another thing that I personally enjoyed, I never opened a door. We were probably there for almost 3 hours and in and out the whole time, Cowfish staff really knows how to treat their guests. It’s the small things. I think I’m spoiled for any other restaurant in Raleigh!

Oh, and everyone wanted to know so we asked; Rick Flair lives above the Charlotte Cowfish and is a regular … that’s why there is a burgushi roll named after him, the #ricroll. We like it because Raleigh is Cool = RIC! There is not one thing we would complain about, so what are you waiting for? Burgers, sushi, bar, excellent customer service, the ultimate dining experience … see you at Cowfish Raleigh very soon!


Porky's Revenge

Porky’s Revenge

Fresh lump crapcakes & fried green tomatoes

Fresh lump crapcakes & fried green tomatoes







The famous Burgushi!

The famous Burgushi!

The RIC Team in front of the Cowfish bus.

The RIC Team in front of the Cowfish bus.








So Cool!


Inside Cowfish Raleigh, complete with sushi bar


Fusion roll: The Neon Dion

Fusion roll: The Neon Dion

Chef's selection of fine seasonal fish.

Chef’s selection of fine seasonal fish.

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StartUpandPlay – Business and Pleasure!

Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Business, events | 0 comments

STARTUP SUMMER! A StartUpANDPlay beach party!

Come in your beach going attire! Board Shorts, Swimsuits, Sun Dresses, Flip Flops, etc.

Please no speedos or bikinis (unless you’re covered up).

Beach attire is not mandatory to attend.

6PM – 8PM: Open networking and mingle with the Startups.

8PM – 9PM: Beach Party – Music and Fun! This is not meant to be a time to network with the companies. You can certainly still network, but the beach music will be cranked up, and we’ll start shaggin’!



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