Free technical assistance offered to businesses
September 03, 1996
RICHLAND, Wash. –
Local businesses in 10 counties in southeast Washington and northeast Oregon now can draw on the expertise of federal laboratories, at no charge, through a new Department of Energy-funded technical assistance program.
Under the new Technical Assistance Program, aimed at promoting economic development and job growth, businesses can receive assistance from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, other Hanford contractors and Washington State University Tri-Cities, as well as other DOE laboratories and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. All local businesses within the eligible counties may apply for assistance regardless of size.
Eligible counties are Adams, Benton, Franklin, Grant, Klickitat, Walla Walla, Whitman and Yakima in Washington; and Morrow and Umatilla in Oregon.
The program is managed by Pacific Northwest with administrative assistance from the Tri-City Industrial Development Council and other economic development organizations. DOE has designated $300,000 of its economic transition funding for TAP.
"Firms that are not necessarily technology-based but that could benefit from technological support can receive assistance free-of-charge through TAP," explains TAP Manager Gary Spanner, Pacific Northwest. "Assistance may include materials characterization, new product development, scientific peer review of a concept, advice on environmental technologies, chemical process improvements and factory modernization, just to name a few." Under the program, a business can receive up to 40 person-hours of assistance from a technical specialist.
TAP is one of 13 TRIDEC community initiatives aimed at the retention, development and growth of businesses in the Mid-Columbia Region.
"Pacific Northwest is a unique asset in this region and an important tool that local businesses now can take advantage of through TAP," says Dave Dillman, TRIDEC. "Using its marketing resources and industrial contacts, TRIDEC will serve as a liaison for TAP to team businesses with the resources of Pacific Northwest and other federal laboratories that otherwise would not be available to them."
"One of our objectives is to make this a user-friendly program, with a minimum of paperwork and cycle time. Our goal is to respond to each request within five working days," Spanner says. A one-page application form is all that is needed to request technical assistance under the program. Requests will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis, once per fiscal year.
For more information on the program, contact Gary Spanner, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, at (509) 372-4296 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tags: Technology Transfer and Commercialization, Economic Development