On Tuesday, April 27, NC State chancellor Randy Woodson travelled to Kannapolis, N.C. to meet with scientists and administrators at the NC Research Campus (NCRC). The North Carolina Research Campus is located north of Charlotte in the former textile mill town of Kannapolis, North Carolina. Scientists and university administrators from several North Carolina universities moved into two newly-constructed, jointly operated NCRC buildings in October 2008. Major research themes for most NCRC faculty center on the study of plant-based foods and how compounds produced in plants can protect against disease and support human health.
The campus represents a major effort by the state of North Carolina to revitalize the region following the decline of the textile industry. The campus is supported mainly through annual funding from the state of North Carolina, federal research grants to university researchers located on the campus, and investment of real estate by businessman David H. Murdock, former owner of the Cannon textile mill that previously occupied the site.