lean on their state-supported universities, even though state support is not what it used to be. Research parks are clearly a part of economic development today, and if we can look at what we’ve learned here today and disseminate it quickly, we can do some good.”

The discussion on assessment is particularly timely and necessary, she said, because “all of you associated with research parks are going to have to figure out what to do with respect to assessment. The materials from this meeting can certainly be a part of that.”

PARKS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Dr. Good closed by thanking all participants, and especially the speakers, for being “candid, thoughtful, and insightful.” She praised the content of the meeting for its high quality, and said that “with any luck it will be applicable to all of us and beyond as we grapple with the major issues of economic development, for that is what parks are surely about.”

She said that parks can and must flourish beyond the few dominant centers of science and technology expertise. “This is a message you can take home to your governors and state legislatures,” she said. “These issues need to be getting a good hearing in all the states these days, and they’re not. If we don’t succeed in supporting innovation around more of our universities throughout the country, the United States could easily end up with lots of activity on both coasts and a lot of flyover country in between. If that happens, we as a nation are not going to be as visible or viable in the next 50 years as we have been in the past.”



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