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U.S. OFFICIALS TO OFFER REPORT CARD ON NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVE JULY 9

 U.S. OFFICIALS TO OFFER REPORT CARD
 ON NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVE JULY 9
 WASHINGTON, July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- When top U.S. government officials address high-technology executives from the Middle Atlantic region July 9 as part of the National Technology Initiative (NTI), they will offer an early report card on this public/private effort designed to strengthen America's competitiveness.
 The conference will be held at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md. The University of Maryland will be co-host. It will be the 10th in a series of meetings to promote better understanding of opportunities for U.S. businesses to commercialize new technology advances.
 The NTI was launched in February with a statement by President Bush and a conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since then, nearly 3,000 participants at sites across the country have focused on the roles in technology development of manufacturing excellence, long-term financing and cooperative research and development partnerships. The NTI is sponsored by 10 federal agencies that carry out research and development in technologies with commercial potential.
 Commerce Secretary Barbara Hackman Franklin, Energy Secretary James D. Watkins, NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin, and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator William Reilly will kick off the conference at 8:45 a.m. by summarizing results of the NTI to date. Their remarks will include reviews of federal agency programs and policy actions to make it easier for U.S. businesses to make use of government-sponsored research.
 Regional corporate executives among the morning plenary session speakers at the conference will include Martin-Marietta President A. Thomas Young and Dupont Vice Chairman John A. Krol. David Thompson, chief executive officer of Orbital Sciences Corp., will deliver the keynote luncheon address.
 Workshop sessions at the conference will focus on life sciences, information technologies, manufacturing partnerships, financing, intellectual property rights, and technology transfer.
 For information about conference registration, contact Lori Phillips at 301-975-4513.
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 /NOTE: Reporters planning to cover the conference are encouraged to call 301-975-2762 for exact times and locations of conference sessions. Requests for interviews with federal and business representatives will be taken in advance./
 /CONTACT: Joseph Karpinski of the U.S. Department of Energy, 202-586-4940, or Mat Heyman of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, 301-975-2762/ CO: U.S. Department of Energy; National Institute of Standards and
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