The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) has announced that the NASA Glenn Research Center, the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET), the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County will receive the FLC’s State and Local Economic Development Award for their joint work on the Manufacturing Innovation Project known as “Adopt a City.” The joint project grew out of the Obama Administration’s Strong Cities, Strong Communities initiative.
The FLC is the nationwide network of federal laboratories whose mission is to promote and facilitate the rapid movement of federal laboratory research results and technologies into the mainstream of the U.S. economy.
“Adopt a City” matched small and mid-size manufacturers with subject matter experts from NASA Glenn to help companies solve challenges they were experiencing with a new or existing product. NASA Glenn provided up to 40 hours of pro bono assistance to each company, the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County made low interest loans available to companies needing financial assistance while MAGNET served as the project coordinator helping eight manufacturers in 2012.
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