ERIC Number: ED298997
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug-4
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The Integration of Economic Development and Education: Making High Technology Work.
Parsons, Michael H.
Numerous factors can make an area attractive to high technology industries, including: (1) local exclusionary zoning and restrictive covenants which seek to enhance the beauty of industrial park areas; (2) mutually beneficial affiliations with universities; (3) installation of special utility lines to minimize disruption of service to park areas; and (4) indigenous factors such as restrictive land-use planning, quality of community life, proximity to local colleges and universities, and the use of special strategies to help the development of new, high-technology firms. In many of the areas that have attracted or developed high-technology industries, a close alliance with a higher education institution has been an important consideration. The colleges and universities provide research facilities for firms, as well as a pool of qualified, newly-trained personnel. Cooperation between colleges and firms helps bridge the gap between the first generation of an idea and the commercialization of a product or process. Finally, colleges can play an important role as catalysts in the transformation of economies from manufacturing to information-based industries. In order to ensure economic growth, state governments should develop policies to encourage relationships between businesses and colleges. (AJL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: A presentation before the Quad State Legislative Conference (Hagerstown, MD, August 4, 1988).