Innovation Park is the premier research and development park in the North Florida region

Our Mission

To foster the attraction, start-up, and growth of private innovative companies that create high wage jobs by working in affiliation with Florida State University, Florida A&M University, and Tallahassee Community College, City, County, and private sector leaders to promote our region’s research and development assets.

Florida Center for Advanced Aero-propulsion
The beginning research at the National high magnetic field laboratory in Innovation Park of Tallahassee
Center for Plasma Science and Technology at FAMU
The opening of the Northwest Regional Data Center in Innovation Park of Tallahassee
First entrance of Innovation Park of Tallahassee

Why Innovation Park?

Two major universities, matchless resources, powerful community collaboration, one-of-a kind programs and support = dynamic start-ups, emerging technologies, world-class research, and pioneering businesses that are equipped to innovate and push the envelope into life-changing discoveries.

Our Community

Innovation Park of Tallahassee currently boasts over 1 million square feet of space in 17 buildings housing 30+ different organizations ranging from preeminent university research facilities, to specialty manufacturing companies, to state and federal government research facilities. The operations of organizations located in Innovation Park must align with or support the Park’s mission to promote the region’s research and development assets and foster the attraction, start-up, and growth of private innovative companies that create high wage jobs in Leon County and the region.

The Innovation Park Story

The History

Established by Florida Statute in 1978, the Leon County Research and Development Authority is the governing body for Innovation Park: the premier research and development park in the Tallahassee/Leon County and North Florida region.

The Beginnings

Innovation Park is the brainchild of the LCRDA: a 208-acre center on the southwest side of Tallahassee. The Park, set on grounds of rolling hills, towering live oaks, and tranquil spring-fed lakes, is conveniently located near Florida State University, Florida A&M University, the State Capitol and government facilities, and the Tallahassee International Airport.

Innovation Park opened for business in 1982 and welcomed its first tenant: the Northwest Regional Data Center, Florida’s leading data provider for both educational and governmental communities. The NWRDC is still a Park tenant today.

Our Growth

The 1990’s brought an important shift of focus: a vision for a premier research facility that would build and operate the world’s most powerful magnets. Florida State University, with the University of Florida and Los Alamos National Laboratory, won the bid to house the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. The MagLab, funded by the National Science Foundation and the State of Florida, was dedicated at Innovation Park in 1994. The MagLab is the largest and highest-powered magnet lab in the world, and the only facility of its kind in the United States.

Since the National Mag Lab’s arrival, Innovation Park has grown to become an innovation hub for magnetics, aero-propulsion, materials, energy, health, and life sciences.

In 2006 Danfoss Turbocor, the pioneer and market leader for oil-free centrifugal compressors, moved here from Montreal Canada to be near the Park’s unique resources. The company has since expanded its plant by nearly 45,000sf and includes an application development center.

The Park has grown to include 17 buildings and more than 30 organizations. It is currently home to 13 Centers of Excellence, which are setting precedents in their industries. Innovation Park fosters a dynamic and collaborative community with many private companies, including those on the Fortune 500, coming to the Park to utilize the unique resources not found anywhere else in the world.

The Present and Future

Fast Forward: The Park has no plans to slow down, with room for expansion and development, including the planned construction of an incubator/ business accelerator, newly renovated office and wet lab space, and other mixed-use projects.

Innovation Park’s future is bright for our current and future residents. With the matchless resources and opportunities to grow, our residents are equipped to innovate and continue to push the envelope of life-changing discoveries.

Our Mission Statement

To work in affiliation with Florida State University (FSU), Florida A&M University (FAMU), and Tallahassee Community College (TCC) along with City, County and private sector leaders to promote our region’s research and development assets, and to foster the attraction, startup, and growth of private innovative companies that create high wage jobs in Leon County.

The Leon County Research and Development Authority oversees Innovation Park, and works in highly valued partnerships with higher education institutions, as well as with government and private sector representatives, to guide the growth and development of the Park.