GRA Role in Georgia’s Economic Development Strategy Expands

July 14, 2011 at 2:57 pm Leave a comment

The Georgia Research Alliance, in concert with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, has taken on an expanded role in Georgia’s economic development strategy.

As part of Governor Nathan Deal’s vision for a business climate that encompasses and aligns the state’s most powerful assets for high-growth companies, Georgia’s Centers of Innovation and the Georgia Cancer Coalition will be integrated into GRA, enlarging its capacity for leveraging the state’s university resources to build a thriving, technology-driven economy.

“Integrating the Centers of Innovation and the Georgia Cancer Coalition with the Georgia Research Alliance creates a powerful set of programs to build on the innovation capacity of the state’s research universities and medical schools to grow companies and strategic industries, create jobs and build a vibrant economy,” said GRA President Mike Cassidy.  “At the same time, we can strengthen industry-university collaborations across Georgia, enhance the impact of GRA’s successful programs in communities statewide, and make Georgia a place for ready access to cutting-edge research results.”

Launched in 2003, Georgia’s Centers of Innovation help accelerate the growth of the state’s six strategic industries, which include aerospace, agribusiness, energy, life sciences, logistics and advanced manufacturing.  The centers are located across the state and connect high growth-potential companies with university research and industry expertise as well as other Georgia resources, resulting in long-term job growth and increased statewide investment. A common goal of the centers is to help commercialize new products, services and business models in these industries.

The Georgia Cancer Coalition is a not-for-profit organization that teams with other government agencies, academic institutions, civic groups, corporations and health care organizations in a concerted effort to strengthen cancer prevention, research and treatment in Georgia, with the ultimate goals of making Georgia one of the nation’s premier states for cancer care and reducing the number of cancer-related deaths in Georgia.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the opportunity to better connect these outstanding, strategic programs with the business community. Both the Georgia Research Alliance and the Georgia Cancer Coalition have enormous resources for high-tech companies, who create high-paying jobs for skilled workers. Together we can streamline companies’ access to the deep resources of these institutions and accelerate their growth,” said Chris Cummiskey, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “This move will further enhance the successful public-private partnership GRA has embodied through the years.”

Founded in 1990 as a vision of Georgia’s business leadership, GRA is an independent, non-profit corporation that capitalizes on the innovation capacity of the state’s research universities to grow the economy and improve the health and well-being of Georgians.

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