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For Release: November 24, 2003

Sallie A. Keith
Media Relations Office


NASA's Glenn Research Center (GRC), Cleveland, is highlighted in the report "Partners On A Mission: Federal Laboratory Practices Contributing to Economic Development," published this month by the Office of Technology Policy (OTP), US Department of Commerce.

GRC is one of seven federal labs showcased in the report. Selected lab partnerships were chosen for their outstanding and innovative activities in economic development and their ability to serve as an example for other labs. The report also includes case studies of two intermediary programs that work with geographically distant federal labs to bring resources to regions without a major laboratory.

"NASA Glenn's inclusion in this report is a tribute to the Center's dedication to pursuing innovative approaches for transferring its technology and technical know-how to enhance the level of local, regional and national economic development, " said Dr. Julian M. Earls, Director Glenn Research Center. "We are honored indeed to be included among these highly accomplished federal laboratories."

GRC was recognized for fostering economic development through a comprehensive program of business incubation, technology and business assistance, education outreach and workforce development. Highlighted GRC economic development related programs and initiatives include:

  • Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA)
  • Garrett Morgan Commercialization Initiative (GMCI)
  • Glennan Microsystems Initiative (GMI)
  • Pre-Apprentice Machining Program
  • SBIR/STTR Assistance
  • Commercial Technology Fund
  • Lewis Incubator for Technology (LIFT)
  • Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI)
  • "Federal laboratories are playing an increasingly important role in promoting regional growth," explained Bruce P. Mehlman, Commerce Assistant Secretary for Technology Policy. "This report provides policy-makers, economic development organizations, community groups and federal labs and agencies with examples of effective partnerships."

    The report is a product of OTP's contract with Innovation Associates, Inc., which administered a questionnaire, conducted on-site research and produced case studies on several exemplary federal lab programs supporting technology led economic development. A copy of the report can be found at

    The other federal labs highlighted in the report include: Air Force Research Laboratory, Ohio; Communications Electronic Command Research, Development, and Engineering Center, N.J.; Los Alamos National Laboratory, N.M.; Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division and the Naval Air Systems Command, Md.; Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Wash.; and Sandia National Laboratories, N.M.

    More information about accessing NASA Glenn's technology for business opportunities can be found at

    More information about NASA Glenn's education outreach programs can be found at

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