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Press Release 96-61

Sally V. Harrington
NASA Lewis Research Center
(Bus: 216/433-2037)


CLEVELAND, OH -- NASA Lewis Research Center, the Great Lakes Industrial Technology Center (GLITeC) and the Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI) entered into an Interagency Agreement to engage in mutually beneficial cooperative activities that will encourage development and implementation of new technologies to develop new companies.

NASA Lewis has been an important technology resource in northern Ohio for many years, and its scientists and engineers continually generate cutting-edge research and technology. This agreement will stimulate and facilitate transfer and commercialization of Lewis technologies.

"NASA’s obligation to maximize the return on the American taxpayer’s investment in the space program can effectively be done through the transfer of NASA’s technology to business," said NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin. "The Youngstown Business Incubator is an effective way to generate new businesses and explore innovative concepts."

A major key to the success of this agreement is the cooperative relationship established by NASA Lewis, GLITeC, and the Youngstown Business Incubator. Each organization is dedicated to the goal of economic development by leveraging their unique and complementary strengths. The result will be improved processes, the introduction of new products, new jobs and economic growth.

"This cooperative relationship will provide an outstanding environment for the creation of new products, jobs, and opportunities for economic growth in the Youngstown area," commented Donald J. Campbell, Director of NASA Lewis Research Center.

Having worked to bring high tech into the 17th District of Ohio, Congressman James A. Traficant, Jr., stated, "I appreciate the cooperation of Daniel Goldin, NASA Administrator, for his assistance in seeing this particular agreement to fruition. My thanks also to NASA Lewis Research Center for its cooperation. I look forward to working with them in the future and will continue to work hard to bring these types of programs to the Mahoning Valley."

NASA Lewis Commercial Technology Office (CTO) is responsible for directing the efforts to extend the benefits of its technology to the commercial sector. CTO and the Lewis research organizations will work with the Great Lakes Industrial Technology Center, one of six NASA Regional Technology Transfer Centers, to identify and evaluate NASA technologies with high commercial potential.

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