NC Research Campus at Kannapolis

I would be interested in anyone's take on this project. A bill has been filed in the senate for the new Kannapolis biotech campus.

AN ACT to appropriate funds for the north carolina research campus at kannapolis.

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

SECTION 1.(a) There is appropriated from the General Fund to the Comunity Colleges System Office the sum of *one million eight hundred fifty thousand dollars ($1,850,000) in recurring funds and one million nine hundred thousand dollars ($1,900,000) in nonrecurring funds for the 2006‑2007 fiscal year* for operations and equipment for the North Carolina Research Campus at Kannapolis.

SECTION 1.(b) There is appropriated from the General Fund to the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina the sum of six million two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($6,250,000) in recurring funds and one million two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($1,250,000) in nonrecurring funds for the 2006‑2007 fiscal year for the university's involvement in the North Carolina Research Campus at Kannapolis.

SECTION 1.(c) The North Carolina Research Campus will combine the research power of renowned universities, cutting‑edge training from community colleges, and the know‑how of private enterprise to create an exceptional biotechnology hub. It will facilitate partnerships between business and institutions of higher education to create a live‑work environment that makes possible breakthrough research, new funding opportunities through grants, and new generations of capable scientists and biotech workers.

Just a thought, but if you wanted to harness the research power of renowned universities, cutting‑edge training from community colleges, and the know‑how of private enterprise wouldn't you, just maybe, want to house the research facility where those universities, community colleges, and private enterprises were located? So, where would that be?

Research Triangle Region Releases Life Sciences Study and Strategy at BIO 2006 in Chicago

Economic impact exceeds $5.5 billion from region's 538 companies, 29,000 employees and related service-sector jobs

Research Triangle Region, N.C. - The Research Triangle Region of North Carolina's diverse mix of 538 life sciences companies and nearly 29,000 employees make it one of the nation's leading centers for life sciences, according to a new study released today (April 11) at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) annual meeting in Chicago...

Among the region's key competitive assets for life sciences investment are:

* Three internationally renowned research universities (Duke University, N.C. State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).
* More than $2 billion in new annual research and development through the region's research universities, federal labs and contract research companies.
* Highly educated workers and intellectual capacity.
* High quality of life, capable of attracting global knowledge workers.
* Relatively low cost of living and doing business compared to other technology regions.
* Strong, diversified base of more than 500 existing life sciences companies.
* Global reputation of Research Triangle Park.

I understand wanting to spread the wealth around NC, but by doing it this way you are insuring failure. What about Burlington? I mean, you would increase business in the Triad and people could still live in Mebane/Hillsborough/Efland and commute either to RTP or Triad. That at least would have made sense.

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Yours is a good point.

The devil's in the details, of course. Will there be a commuter helo-pad?

The Art Pope Stem Cell Research Center...

will have a helopad for flying pigs.

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I don't think it's just something to spread the NC wealth. I think it's a method to get something that competes with the Triangle that's closer to Charlotte. Concord has been completely sucked up by Charlotte growth and everyone has seen that. next on the list is Kannapolis. Since Fieldcrest Cannon shut it's doors a while back, it's litterally a ghost town. David Murdock, who owns Dole Foods, and actually owns one of the islands in Hawaii for research, if you can believe that is spearheading this entire project. What used to be Cannon Mills in Kannapolis was bought out by Murdock many many years ago. Why? because of Murdock's love for the textile industry? Not hardly. He wanted the real estate surrounding the mill, where all of the housing was for the mill workers. Once he had possession of that, he restored a lot of the houses and turned around and sold them to the folks that was renting them. Revamped downtown Kannapolis and brought some tourism to the town. Once he was done and had made a huge profit off the real estate, he sold the mill to an overseas company, which subsequently run it into the ground. After the closed the doors, Murdock came back in and bought all the land the mill was sitting on and will most likely purchase back all of those houses that he once owned. Getting folks to buy into this biotech center and invest money, people will need to live there so larger houses will be built. There are Universities all over NC, granted most of the bigger named Universities are in the triangle, but there's enough outside money to fund this project and get it going. They don't need students close by to make it work, they just need buy in from large companies and some University funding. Labcorp is one of the largest companies funding this project that I know of and they have a home base right here in the triangle. I don't know all the details but I can get more if you'd like. I'm also not fully convinced it will work either, but now days all it takes is a little bit of money to get a self sustaining world up and running.