[From CASE Reports, Vol. 11, No. 2, 1996]


The Role of Science and Engineering in Connecticut's Future


[Editor's Note: The following is the text of a statement by the Academy representing a proactive effort to promote the application of high technology to the economic development of Connecticut. It is being released as part of the Academy's new public relations initiative (see page 2).]

The last 20 years have seen major changes in Connecticut's economic, political and industrial climates. During that same period, since 1976, the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE) has responded to over 100 inquiries from state government on scientific or technological matters, providing unbiased and expert advice on issues ranging from AIDS health to hazardous waste disposal. We're proud of the role we've played in shaping public and legislative policy. As we approach a new millennium, we believe that new technologies, research, and technology-oriented businesses are critical to Connecticut's future and that we need to expand our efforts.

We have already begun to formulate statewide studies in energy and biotechnology-prime areas for growth for both established and emerging companies in Connecticut. As leaders in the science and engineering community, we want to take a strong, proactive stance and to leverage the vast resources of our Patron companies to effect positive change in our environment. Many of Connecticut's technology-based institutions-United Technologies, Northeast Utilities, Olin Corporation, Gerber Scientific, and Perkin-Elmer, to name only a few-are currently working together to ensure a brighter tomorrow for Connecticut residents. We know that as a concerned leader, you share their sense of community spirit, and we trust that we can count on your support.

We will be publishing updates on the Academy's activities as new and existing projects unfold. If you would like to learn more about CASE, our programs, or our Public Forum on Biotechnology on June 26, please call (860) 527-2161 and ask for a copy of CASE Facts.

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