Author(s): Windham, Patrick H.
Release Date: February 1, 2006 | Last Updated Date: February 1, 2006
This report clarifies the contributions that national laboratories make to the state, what actions should be taken to ensure the stability of the national labs in California, and what can be done to further leverage their contributions to the state.
At a time when California’s economic future increasingly relies on scientific and engineering expertise, the federal labs provide critically important know-how and highly specialized facilities. Today, going beyond their federal missions, the labs should work hand in glove with California state agencies, industry, and universities to collaboratively solve local problems and pursue new research initiatives. The labs remain a largely untapped resource. Given their many contributions and remarkable potential, it is to California’s advantage to ensure that the federal laboratories flourish.
The report was requested by Senator Jackie Speier. Senator Speier, in a news conference held at the Capitol on 2/1/06, said “In short, federal labs are a major untapped resource in California at a time when the state’s economic future increasingly relies on scientific and engineering expertise.”