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SUPER COLLIDER PROJECT PUMPS $5.4 MILLION TO FLORIDA; HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS AT STAKE IN SSC VOTE

 DALLAS, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Universities and businesses in Florida have received $5.4 million in contracts and research grants as a result of the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) project being constructed near Dallas. These contracts are at stake in the upcoming vote on the SSC in the U.S. House of Representatives.
 Nationally, contracts totaling more than $1.5 billion have been awarded to 48 states as scientists develop the largest and most sophisticated science research project in history.
 President Bill Clinton has strongly endorsed continued funding for the SSC, stating in a letter to House Appropriations Chairman William H. Natcher, "The SSC project will stimulate technologies in many areas critical for the health of the U.S. Economy. The superconductor technologies developed for the project's magnets will stimulate production of a material that will be critical for ensuring the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers, for improving medical care, and a variety of other purposes. The SSC will also produce critical employment and educational opportunities for thousands of young engineers and scientists around the country."
 Florida has received contracts to date for $5,393,585.
 "Abandoning the SSC at this point would signal that the United States is compromising its position of leadership in basic science -- a position unquestioned for generations," President Clinton said. "These are tough economic times, yet our Administration supports this project as a part of its broad investment package in science and technology ... I ask you to support this important and challenging effort."
 Approximately, 45,000 contracts have been awarded to industries, manufacturing firms and academic institutions in 48 states. The Department of Energy estimates that nearly 15,000 direct and secondary jobs have been created nationally by the Collider project since 1989.
 Charles Perry, chairman of the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission, said that although the SSC project is seen by many as a "Texas project," it actually is a national and international project.
 "Texas, in fact, has been a net loser so far in that the State has spent $425 million on the SSC, and Texas contractors have been awarded only $295 million," Perry said. "The real gain for Texas as well as the entire country, will occur in the future after the SSC Lab is operational."
 For each dollar in direct contract awards, the state's economy could conservatively expect to receive at least another dollar in indirect benefits, and considerably more than that depending on which industry is affected. Economists conservatively estimate that for each $1 million in direct expenditures, 15 to 20 jobs are created by the SSC project.
 The Super Collider will be a giant particle accelerator, 54 miles long, and occupying over 16,000 acres. It is being constructed 35 miles south of Dallas and is 20 percent complete. The estimated cost to U.S. taxpayers is $5.25 billion of the total $8.25 billion projected for completion of the SSC. The construction cost included in the Administration's budget proposal for the SSC would equal 0.6 percent of the entire research expenditure budget for the federal government. In the event that the project completion is delayed beyond the 1999 planned completion date, the costs can be expected to escalate approximately $400 million for each year of delay.
 Although practical applications are not the specific purpose of building the SSC, technological breakthroughs in a number of areas already are remarkable. More than 45 records of invention have been filed by the SSC Laboratory alone and 10 patents have been applied for.
 Working with industry, the SSC is developing ultra-fast computer systems that will speed the entry of high-performance electronics into the marketplace. Other major advances likely to come from research for the SSC include:
 -- High-speed magnetically levitated passenger and freight trains
 -- Magnetic energy storage systems for fuel conservation
 -- Magnetically propelled ships
 -- Low-loss electric power transmission systems; and
 -- A wide variety of medical applications.
 Of the scores of Florida businesses, universities and research facilities participating in various elements of the SSC project, major contracts include:
 -- Compatible Micro Solutions, Tampa, $2,145,711
 -- Westinghouse, $272,494
 -- High Technology Engineering, Panama City, $232,350
 -- American Composite Education Inc., Stuart, $318,500
 -- Guildline Instruments Inc., Orlando, $158,154
 -- Florida State University, $1,080,486
 -- University of Florida, $638,000.
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 /CONTACT: Office of External Affairs, SSC Laboratory, 214-708-1045/


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