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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
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.