Companies of all sizes have benefited from the many programs offered by the Edison Technology Centers since the Ohio Department of Development's Thomas Edison Program was launched in 1984. Surveys have shown the Edison Centers contributing to significant increases in sales, profits and market share of many companies.
Now, as industry continues to face intense economic pressures at home and ever greater competitive challenges from abroad, the seven Edison Centers are especially well positioned to facilitate solutions to company needs.
As the leading component of the Edison Program, the Centers have helped link industry with academia and government in partnerships to enhance industrial competitiveness through technology development. In doing so, the Centers have carried out more than 1,000 projects to accelerate technology utilization by participating companies.
Each of the centers offers its own special capabilities in specific technologies. As companies increasingly are seeking answers to multi- disciplinary needs, the Centers have expanded their outreach through collaborative relationships with fellow Centers. As a result, participating companies now have an even broader resource network to tap into in improving their competitive positions.
Companies involved in Edison Technology Center programs can expect these benefits:
The Edison Program has attracted worldwide attention in its efforts to strengthen economic competitiveness through technology development. In 1992, the Program was singled out by the Corporation for Enterprise Development as the most successful state-directed initiative linking industry with academia to advance commercially relevant research. The Corporation for Enterprise Development is a national economic development research and policy organization.
In effectively understanding and responding to company needs with productive solutions, the Edison Technology Centers are furthering the State's economic development goals by:
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