Rensselaer Technology Park

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The Rensselaer Technology Park is a technology park in North Greenbush, New York, USA (though with a mailing address in Troy) operated by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. As of 2009 the park has over 70 tenants representing a diverse range of technologies and employing over 2,400.[1] The park is located along the Hudson River approximately five miles south of the RPI campus.

History[edit]

In 1979 a special task force was assembled by President George M. Low composed of faculty, staff, alumni/trustees, and students to study feasibility of developing a park. In March 1981 The Board of Trustees authorized a $3 million investment of the endowment to design and build the infrastructure for the first phase of the Park.[1] Between 1981 and 1982 infrastructure was planned and developed over around 150 acres (0.61 km2), including the construction of 0.8-mile (1.3 km) of roadway and underground utilities including power, gas, water, sanitary and storm sewers and telephone. The first tenant was announced in March 1983, an optoelectronics facility for National Semiconductor. 1983–1991 saw the development of over 100 more acres, and the introduction of several more large companies.[1] In July 1993 Metropolitan Life opened a 212,000 sq ft (19,700 m2) computer center that serves as the corporation's national disaster recovery site and computer software development headquarters. MapInfo moved to the park in 1993. MapInfo was founded by three RPI students after taking a course in Technological Entrepreneurship during which they produced their first business plan.[1]

Tenant companies[2][edit]

  • Achaean Technology : web site developer
  • Anova Medical Supply, Inc. : Provides medical supplies and durable medical equipment.
  • ASMARC : Manufactures and sells on-demand printing systems for mailing and packaging.
  • Acciona Wind Power North America, LLC
  • Advanced Management Systems : Provides software, hardware and consulting services to the insurance industry.
  • Applied BioPhysics, Inc. Applied BioPhysics, Inc., manufactures an analytical instrument – ECISTM (Electric Cell-substrate Impedance Sensing.) It was founded by RPI professor and Nobel Laureate Ivar Giaever.
  • Applied Science Innovations, Inc. Applied Science Innovations started operations in 2003. The company develops new products and technologies and conducts research advancing state of the art in optics, electro-optics, and digital imaging.
  • BullEx, LLC : a developer of fire-fighting training simulations and other related fire-security equipment.
  • Capital Benefits Consulting
  • Ceralink, Inc.' Ceralink implements microwave processing in the ceramic, glass and metal industries.
  • Certified Marketing Services/Market Force Information
  • Charles River Laboratories : a laboratory specializing in DNA profiling technology with concentration in animal identification and genotyping for biopharmaceutical firms.
  • Delta Consultants
  • Dynamic Applications, Inc. : Custom software development
  • eMatrix Solutions : IT Consulting
  • E W Birch Builders : Building Contractor
  • East Shore Technologies, Inc. : provider of automated fingerprint identification system products and services, from embedded systems through national level identity systems.
  • Pitman Company
  • eTransmedia Technologies, Inc. : Provider of electronic medical document technologies. Including Electronic Medical Records (EMR) solution, Practice Management (PM) solutions, Medical Billings, and medical transcription services.
  • Genomics Institute : A research laboratory designed to use genetic approaches for the understanding of mammalian development and disease.
  • Gas Turbine Efficiency : Provider of equipment for optimization of gas turbine performance
  • GlobalSpec, Inc. GlobalSpec offers SpecSearch (TM), a parametrically searchable engineering catalog library on the Internet.
  • InterScience, Inc.
  • Jordan Energy & Food Enterprises, LLC
  • MapInfo : leader in the development of desktop mapping software.
  • Logran Corporation : Supplier of high quality replacement parts for Railroad and Stationary Power Generation Industries worldwide.
  • Measured Progress : a not-for-profit corporation recognized as a national leader in educational assessment.
  • MESO, Inc. : Provides computerized commercial atmospheric information services.
  • Metropolitan Life Insurance Company
  • Morse Zehnter Associates
  • Nationwide Retirement Solutions
  • Nolan Associates LLC : Association management (non-profit sector organizations).
  • NYS Dept. of Education/Biological Survey Laboratory : The aquatic ecology laboratory and fish collection of New York State Museum.
  • NYS Office of Court Administration : Provides the NYS Unified Court System with automated data/records management services.
  • NYS Office of the State Comptroller : Provides data processing support for the Office of the New York State Comptroller.
  • NYS Office of Unclaimed Funds : Processing office for this department of New York State.
  • NYS Society of Professional Engineers, Inc.
  • NYSERNet, Inc. : Provides access for high speed data communication via the Internet.
  • OneVision Solutions : OneVision Solutions specializes in visual and audio communication.
  • S/N Precision Enterprises, Inc. : Manufacturer of high quality precision and instrument miniature ball bearings.
  • School Systems Federal Credit Union
  • Smith Hernandez, LLC : A New York, Capital Region Law Firm.
  • Systems Implementation, Inc. : Provides data processing consultation, installation, training and other computer-related support to the small and medium sized businesses.
  • Treo Solutions : a Healthcare Information Services company.
  • Triad Group, LLC : A third party administrator serving self insured public and private entities in the administration of claims.
  • TutorTime : Daycare Center.
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • Verizon Directory Support Center :Responsible for the updating of customer listings in the Verizon North Directory Assistance databases.
  • Idearc Media : Processes data for Verizon upstate New York Yellow Pages and all Verizon White Pages listings for the New York/New England on IBM.
  • Verizon Wireless : A regional network center.
  • Web Scribble Solutions, Inc. : develops and distributes specialized software for webmasters.
  • WeldComputer Corp. : Designs and manufactures adaptive controls for critical resistance welding applications.
  • WMHT The Capital Region's PBS affiliate, WMHT Educational Telecommunications.
  • Tech Valley Entrepreneur Center
  • Stephen Vardin & Colleagues, Inc. :Full service bookkeeping, tax preparation and training.
  • Wide Horizons For Children : an adoption agency offering international and domestic adoption.
  • Windward II : provides services in obtaining and maximizing tax credits and other incentives

Other park locations[edit]

DeFreest Homestead[edit]

The DeFreest Homestead is historic house and barn which was built around 1765 and located near the entrance of the park. The house and surrounding homestead were listed on The National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

Children's Museum of Science and Technology[edit]

The Children's Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) is the only science center in the Tech Valley designed specifically for kids and parents to Explore, Discover, and Imagine the world of science together..[3] It features a digital dome planetarium, which shows digital educational movies including Molecularium a nanotechnology show developed at RPI.

Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations[edit]

The Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations (CCNI) is the result of a $100 Million collaboration between RPI, IBM, and New York State to further nanotechnology innovations. When it opened in 2007 it was the 7th most powerful supercomputing centers in the world, and remains in the top 25.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "About the Park". Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Retrieved May 11, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Tenant Companies". Retrieved June 10, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Children's Museum of Science and Technology Website". Retrieved June 11, 2009. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°40′43″N 73°41′48″W / 42.67868°N 73.69659°W / 42.67868; -73.69659