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GOVERNMENT, INDUSTRY TO LAUNCH NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVE ON FEB. 12

 GOVERNMENT, INDUSTRY TO LAUNCH NATIONAL
 TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVE ON FEB. 12
 WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Top representatives of four federal agencies will join with industry and academia in a Feb. 12 conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to launch the "National Technology Initiative."
 The conference is the first of a series of regional meetings intended to spur U.S. economic competitiveness by promoting a better understanding of the opportunities for industry to commercialize new technology advances. The program will highlight the federal government's investment in advanced technologies, much of which may have commercial potential. It also will stress recent changes in federal policies designed to foster private sector cooperation in commercializing technology.
 Secretary of Energy James D. Watkins, Acting Commerce Secretary Rockwell A. Schnabel, Acting Transportation Secretary James B. Busey, and NASA Administrator Richard Truly described the joint initiative as a way to address one of the key challenges facing industry -- the need to translate new technologies into marketplace goods and services.
 Encouraging closer cooperation among U.S. companies and better links with federal laboratories is a central element of the initiative.
 They said President Bush believes that such cooperation will help to improve the competitiveness of U.S. companies in the global market, leading to increased American jobs and greater economic growth.
 The MIT conference and subsequent meetings around the country will provide an opportunity for a discussion among government, industry and universities and increase awareness of federal science and technology programs that can benefit U.S. firms. In recent years, Congress and the Bush administration have taken steps to better enable the private sector to commercialize federally supported research.
 The conference, hosted primarily by the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Energy and Transportation and NASA, will offer a forum for government and private sector representatives to discuss their programs -- and share practical techniques for translating government-sponsored research into commercial products and services.
 Admiral Watkins, Acting Secretary Schnabel, Acting Secretary Busey and Admiral Truly will open the program with remarks at 8:45 a.m., following a welcome by Massachusetts Gov. William Weld.
 Plenary sessions will focus primarily on financing research and development, contractual and licensing arrangements for government- business research cooperation, and promoting manufacturing excellence.
 In addition to those plenary topics, workshops will focus on protection of private ownership of technology in cooperative programs and commercial use of government-sponsored environmental and biotechnological research.
 Conference registration fee is $95. Participants may register in advance by contacting Maria Clara Martin, 617-253-0213 or 617-258-6148 (fax).
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 /CONTACT: Joseph Karpinski of the Department of Energy, 202-586-4940; or Mat Heyman of Department of Commerce, 301-975-2762/ CO: National Technology Initiative ST: District of Columbia, Massachusetts IN: SU:


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