to assist in worker transition as the plutonium production reactors are shut down, will begin after a new agreement is in place.
NCI leverages its funds with resources from various partners, including other USG programs, non-governmental entities and foreign governments, to create employment opportunities for displaced WMD experts. Through local partnerships with Russian institutes, city municipal administrations and regional businesses, NCI assists in developing commercial infrastructure in the closed cities, along with business creation and expansion, thereby laying the groundwork for additional private sector investments.
NCI has accomplished its economic diversification objectives in the nuclear cities by building physical and business infrastructure, and by creating new businesses. This has included
Physical Improvements: moving fences, renovating buildings, upgrading telecommunications, installing utilities
Business Development: establishing International Development Centers, business training, providing marketing support, and supporting business plan development
Commercial Development: creating and expanding self-sustaining businesses, focusing on core competencies and business partnerships; NCI facilitates the transition from weapons-related production to non-military business
NCI will remain focused on Russia, but the tools developed for commercial infrastructure building and displaced worker transition to sustainable employment are being applied to other regions of proliferation concern. NCI is completing work in Snezhinsk and Sarov, will continue efforts in Zheleznogorsk, and will expand to additional cities, including Seversk and Zarechny, when a new GTGA is established. NCI is coordinating with the Department of Energy’s Elimination of Weapons Grade Plutonium Production program to support reactor shut down in Zheleznogorsk and Seversk. NCI is also forging a relationship with the International Science and Technology Center to develop a new multilateral, strategic program for economic diversification and worker transition in the closed cities.