Established by Florida Statute in 1978, the Leon County Research and Development Authority (LCRDA) is the governing body for Innovation Park: the premier research and development park in the Tallahassee/Leon County area and North Florida region.
Innovation Park is the inspiration of the LCRDA: a 208-acre center in southwest 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 shortly after, the Northwest Regional Data Center, which is Florida’s leading data provider for educational and governmental communities. The NWRDC is still a park tenant today.
The 1990s brought an important shift in focus: a vision for a premier research facility that would build and operate the world’s most powerful magnets. Florida State University, along 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 in 1994 at Innovation Park. 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 MagLab’s arrival, the 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 45,000 square feet and includes an application development center.
The park has grown to include 17 buildings and more than 30 organizations. It currently is 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, that have come so they can use the unique resources not found anywhere else in the world.