Centennial Research Park (CRP)1950 St. Route 59, Kent, Ohio 44240
Constructed in 1991 for the former Campus Bus Service and acquired by the university in 1997, the facility provides space and support for specialized companies to thrive and grow near the university and its other partners. The 41,000-square-foot research park will house two high-tech start-up companies that have their roots in liquid crystal research activities launched at Kent State. The anchor tenant will be the FLEXMatters Accelerator, a broad, public-private high-technology collaboration, designed to produce a new generation of advanced materials and promote regional economic development.
The facility will also provide Kent State graduate and undergraduate students opportunities for research, internships and employment; faculty researchers from the Liquid Crystal Institute and other disciplines will be available for collaborative projects; and the university has entrepreneurial assets available to aid business growth through its centers that specialize in technology transfer, small business development, business innovation and minority-owned businesses.