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Additional commercial possibilities have been identified for other buildings in the Avangard Technopark, and plans are under way to move another portion of the fence to permit additional commercial work. Production space is currently being developed for automotive parts; electrical switch gear; materials protection, control, and accounting (MPC&A) equipment; oil and gas instruments; and other commercial production.

FUTURE NCI ACTIVITIES

Having just completed its second full year of operations, NCI is planning for future program activities. The closure of Avangard is of the highest priority, and significant resources will be applied to further develop the Avangard Technopark. In all three cities, additional support will be provided to current projects that are poised for commercialization, completing project implementation activities and adding additional resources where needed. New projects to accelerate facility downsizing and provide alternative employment opportunities for displaced weapons workers will be identified, evaluated, and funded. Although much commercial infrastructure has been built, NCI will continue to support business infrastructure where needed. This will include continued funding for the IDCs and additional business training and exchange trips for Russian managers to gain experience in the United States. Finally, depending upon continued budget support from the U.S. Congress and Russia's downsizing priorities, NCI will likely apply the strategies developed in the three pilot cities to additional cities in the future.



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