At present, these strategies are being implemented at the three NCI pilot cities—Sarov, Zheleznogorsk, and Snezhinsk. In the future, NCI may expand its nonproliferation activities to include additional nuclear cities, working jointly with Minatom on defense conversion implementation activities.
In fiscal year 2001, NCI cofunded 37 projects. The projects established commercial businesses as well as the infrastructure needed to encourage and support the development and growth of commercial enterprises. Products and technologies represented by NCI projects have included medical technologies, software services, automotive technologies, physical security systems, and light manufacturing. Examples of commercial enterprises that are on the road to self-sustainability include: two open computing centers (Sarov and Snezhinsk); a Software Development Center (Zheleznogorsk); ITEC physical security systems manufacturing (Snezhinsk); kidney dialysis equipment production (Avangard); and biological materials production (Zheleznogorsk). Commercial infrastructure supported by NCI in each city includes staffed and resourced business centers, telecommunications infrastructure, technoparks, business training modules and facilities, and loan centers that provide easier credit access.
There are more than 35 potential commercial partners for projects in the NCI cities, and 10 are already in place. These potential or actual partners include such names as Fresenius Medical Care, Credit Suisse, Novosoft Software, Adapco, Gazprom, Luxoft Software, Eurasia Software, Motorola, Delphi Automotive, and General Electric.
Along the road to commercial sustainability and economic diversification of the cities, NCI projects have received more than $21 million in leveraged funding from sources outside the program.
As NCI begins program activities in each city, it implements several stages of operations. These stages are often overlapping.