About the West Virginia Research Technology Park
Welcome to the Park
The West Virginia Regional Technology Park is the ideal location to transform an abstract idea into a completed, market-ready product.
Core research and development areas include energy, chemicals and materials and biotechnology. With a focus on developing new technologies and diversifying the state’s economy, plans for the Tech Park are aimed at translating investments in higher education and research into business and economic growth.
Starting with conveniently located office space and laboratory space, new concepts, technologies or systems can be created and refined. The Tech Park is uniquely positioned to increase capital efficiency. By utilizing existing facilities – from lab space to pilot plants – and the area’s well-trained workforce, locating at the Tech Park can reduce start-up time and cost for a project by nearly 50 percent.
Vibrant Living Area
The WV Symphony Orchestra is a premier performing arts organization, presenting classical, pops, and chamber-music concerts annually
Five minutes from Yeager Airport with daily flights to several major hubs
At the intersection of three major Interstates – I-77, I-64 and I-79
Near a 2,500 seat riverfront amphitheater and the 4,500 seat Appalachian Power Baseball Park – home of the WV Power (Level A affiliate of Seattle Mariners)
- A world of music, theater, planetarium, interactive art and science, the Clay Center is one of the most unique venues in the country.
Quick access to Capitol Market, indoor-outdoor market which offers farm goodness and specialty shops
Barely an hour from some of the East’s best Whitewater Rafting and Skiing
On-campus Hiking Trails
Minutes away from Mardi Gras Casino & Resort
History of the Park
The West Virginia Regional Technology Park comes with an illustrious history of innovation. The Park opened in 1949 as the Union Carbide Corporation Technology Center and became Union Carbide’s largest research and development center. An estimated 3,000 scientists and engineers worked on campus and developed more than 30,000 patented discoveries, valued at approximately $18 billion.
After Union Carbide merged with The Dow Chemical Company in 2001, the company allowed other tenants to move on campus as well. In 2010, Dow Chemical donated the 258-acre park to the state of West Virginia.
Today, the Tech Park, owned by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and operated by the West Virginia Regional Technology Park Corporation, is the newest research, education and technology asset in the state’s portfolio. The West Virginia Regional Technology Park continues to generate new thinking, new ideas and new opportunities.