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Abstract

Research parks across the globe have attempted to duplicate North Carolina's Research Triangle Park Few, however, have achieved its size, scale, and success. Understanding the success of Research Triangle Park, or recreating it elsewhere, requires understanding the Park's beginnings. By detailing the Park's history, this Article examines how the Park's early transformation from a for-profit venture to a non-profit enterprise fostered the collaboration between government, business, and area universities necessary to the Park's longevity and success. Although the Park's unique history did not create a blueprint for future parks to follow, important lessons from the Park's transition from a private venture to a public enterprise can be applied globally.

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