Observations on Short-Term and Long-Range Plans for Technology Transfer to State and Local Governments

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Efforts to apply the scientific and technical resources of the hundreds of Federal laboratories to the solving of technical problems of industry, State and local governments have met with only limited success. In part, this is because of lack of understanding of how to bridge the gap between highly sophisticated sources of technical information and users less skilled in technical pursuits. The National Science Foundation, in cooperation with many of the major public interest groups, has been initiating and evaluating a number of networks to bridge the gap. It has also worked with State and local governments to improve their capabilities to define clearly their technical needs and seek solutions.