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NNI Workshop on Regional, State, and Local Initiatives in Nanotechnology

September 29 - October 1, 2003
Location: U.S. Department of Commerce
14th and Constitution Ave., N.W., Main Auditorium
Washington, DC


Purpose: To provide regions, states and localities with information, models, and networking opportunities to assist them in developing, launching, and nurturing nanotechnology initiatives.

Approach: Representatives of all states/territories and any interested private initiatives, regional government initiatives, cities or other local governments to be invited to participate at their own expense. Each participating state or local initiative will be asked to submit a brief abstract (no more than 2 pages of prose) at least two weeks in advance describing:

  1. Goal(s) of their initiative
  2. History and organization of the activity (including funding mechanisms, management, and any coordination with other programs on local, state & national levels)
  3. Members/participants in the activity
  4. Current status of this activity (e.g., formative stages, proposal under review, funded, fully operational, and for how long, completed/terminated, etc.)
  5. Appropriate references and URLs for the initiative
  6. Ideas for promoting future progress; issues that need to be addressed

These materials will be posted on a password protected Web site, and will be included in the printed handouts at the meeting (as well as in the final report); it is assumed all participants will review these materials in advance of the meeting. All participants will also be invited to prepare posters describing their activities, to be displayed at the poster session the evening of Sept. 29, and thereafter in or immediately adjacent to the meeting room. Several case studies will be chosen for oral presentations during the workshop, as examples of models that other state, regional, or local initiatives may want to consider following in establishing or enhancing their own activities. Key topics to be addressed in these case-study talks, and in subsequent discussion, include funding mechanisms, leveraging, management styles and techniques, coordination with the national initiative (NNI), and educational and infrastructure development.

Sept. 30, 2003 (Dept. of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Ave., N.W.)



Welcome (M. Roco, Chair NSET, NSF)


Introduction: Purpose of the Workshop (Clayton Teague, Director NNCO)


Keynote Speech: Federal Perspective (Hon. Phillip Bond, Undersecretary for Technology Administration, Dept. of Commerce)


Keynote Speech: State Perspective (Hon. ArisMelissaratos, Secretary for Maryland Department of Business andEconomic Development)


Plenary Speech:Cluster-Based Models of Regional High Technology Economic Development and Commercialization (Mary Jo Waits, Arizona State Univ.)

Case Studies


State/Corporate Partnership Case Study: New York (Jo Anne Feeney)


State/University Partnership Case Study: California(CNSI) (Fraser Stoddart)


Break (opportunity for one-on-one discussion)


Regional/University Case Study: Oklahoma (Warren Ford, invited)


Local-led Network Cluster Case Study: Chicago area (Atomworks) (Sean Murdock)


Panel Discussion: Lessons learned from case studies (panel will consist of case-study speakers, possibly others)


Lunch (Reagan Bldg. Across street with food courts available)


Plenary Address (Bobbie Kilberg, PCAST and Northern Virginia Technology Council, invited)


Breakout Sessions: (in parallel)


  1. Starting a Successful Nanotech Initiative (led by Sean Murdock)


  1. Growing and Maintaining a Healthy Nanotech Initiative (led by Mark Modzelewski)


Plenary Session: oral presentations by breakout session leaders reporting back on results of breakouts


Prepared Talk: Nanotechnology Workforce Development and Education (N. Swami)


Prepared Talk: Nanotechnology Research Infrastructure Development (Larry Goldberg, NSF, invited)


Prepared Talk: Economic Development and Commercialization (Mark Modzelewski)


Open Discussion: self-organization to establish working groups or other means for ongoing coordination among federal, regional, state, and local activities (led by Mark Modzelewski, Sean Murdock, Nathan Swami; other volunteers invited)


Reception and Poster Session for workshop participants, at Department of Commerce Main Lobby, 14th and Constitution Ave., N.W. (posters consisting of content from materials that each initiative submitted for the handouts and Web site in advance of the workshop)

Oct. 1, 2003 (Dept. of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Ave., N.W.)

Discussion on Future Activities


Nanotechnology workforce development and education
(Short selected presentations followed by discussion led by N. Swami and/or Pennsylvania groups: Barry Stein, BFTP and Stephen Fonash, Penn State)


Nanotechnology researchinfrastructure development
(Short selected presentations followed by discussion led by M. Roco, NSET, and Tom Picraux, Arizona)


Focus on economic development and commercialization
(Short selected presentations followed by discussion led by Mark Modzelewski)

Summary/Wrap-up Sessions


Focus on best practices, case studies, success stories
(Opportunity for short volunteered presentations followed by discussion; led by Mark Modzelewski and Sean Murdock; sign-up for these presentations will be during the meeting)


Concluding Remarks (M. Roco, C. Teague, state/regional reps, workshop leaders)




Report drafting session


Open to any participants from the workshop who wish to play a role in preparing thefinal report. Focused around potential chapters for the final report, as follows:

  • Best practices & lessons learned
  • How to build an initiative
  • Workforce development and education
  • Research infrastructure development
  • Economic development and commercialization