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04-070
For Release: October 6, 2004

Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office
216/433-8806
Lori.J.Rachul@nasa.gov

THREE POWERHOUSES COMBINE EFFORTS FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH

NASA's Glenn Research Center and two leading private sector partners announced today an alliance to stimulate regional and statewide economic growth through development and transfer of new technologies. Glenn, Battelle's Great Lakes Industrial Technology Center (GLITeC), and the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) announced the establishment of the Glenn Alliance for Technology Exchange.

Under the leadership of Glenn's Director, Dr. Julian Earls, Glenn is continuing on its "Journey to Tomorrow" by implementing recommendations from Northeast Ohio leaders that it become a leading-edge research and development center. The recommendations include forging partnerships with higher education and industry to contribute to national research excellence and industrial commercial adaptation and use. According to Earls, "The alliance will strengthen our ability to improve Glenn's impact with new products and processes and will also contribute significantly to NASA's mission requirements in aerospace."

"The importance of Glenn to the region and state cannot be overemphasized," said Dorothy Baunach, President and Executive Director of NorTech (Northeast Ohio Technology Coalition). "This was clearly the main driver for the sponsors of the original study. Glenn is to be commended for its responsiveness to the study, and both OAI and GLITeC have shown a true spirit of collaboration in stepping up to manage the effort. "

Specific efforts soon to be undertaken by the alliance include:

1. Identify and establish a Research and Technology Platform, and conduct several demonstration projects within a field of technology of high interest to both Glenn and Northeast Ohio. 2. Fund small and early stage Ohio companies to further develop Glenn technologies. 3. Match Glenn-created technologies to Ohio companies for commercial development and application. 4. Provide Glenn's technology assistance to solve specific problems faced by Ohio industry. 5. Establish a Glenn Technology Partnership Fund to facilitate the co-development of technologies with Ohio companies to help meet NASA mission needs. 6. Attract supplemental funding to support activities within the alliance.

"Working with GLITeC to implement the Glenn alliance will benefit not only NASA Glenn, but also the entire State of Ohio, Northeast Ohio and our local area. The beauty of this effort is that it will invest money directly in technology, not infrastructure, because it builds on the existing capabilities of the partners," said William R. Seelbach, President & CEO of OAI.

"OAI, under the leadership of Bill Seelbach, is the right partner in our mission to enhance NASA's impact on the local economy," said Priscilla Diem, Program Manager for Battelle. "Powered by this new alliance, GLITeC intends to increase NASA's economic impact in the region by 25% over what has been accomplished to date."

In 2002, the Ohio Aerospace Council (OAC), with the financial support of over 16 corporate and private foundations, including the Generation Foundation, commissioned the Battelle Technology Partnership Practice to create a roadmap showing how Glenn could be utilized to provide momentum for Northeast Ohio's economy. A key recommendation of the report was the creation of a Glenn Commercialization Center. NorTech and OAC, working with the Greater Cleveland Growth Association/Greater Cleveland Partnership, were able to secure a $2 million federal appropriation in FY2004 for the creation of the Center. In late September, OAI and Battelle's proposal to jointly create and manage a center, renamed the Glenn Alliance for Technology Exchange, received approval from NASA.

The Glenn Alliance for Technology Exchange will be led by OAI, and overseen by an Advisory Board comprised of representatives from Glenn, NorTech, OAI and Battelle.

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