Originally founded around the industries of tobacco and textiles, Durham had grown into an advanced community of innovators and entrepreneurship.
Durham was nicknamed the “Bull City” in the late 1800s when the Blackwell Tobacco Company named its product “Bull” Durham Tobacco. The “Bull City” prospered as a manufacturing hub for tobacco industry and textiles for many decades, but has since transformed itself into a place where high-tech industry flourishes.
Durham has successfully transformed its economic landscape from one based upon tobacco and textile products to a modern, cutting-edge economy. Home to Duke University and the Research Triangle Park (the nation’s largest R&D park at over 7,000 acres and featuring over 300 companies with in excess of 55,000 employees), Durham is a magnet for talent arriving worldwide.