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April 21, 2017
 

Community college’s small business development center partners with NASA

Armstrong’s Flight Loads Lab offers thermal, structural, ground vibration and structural mode interaction testing of aircraft, spacecraft and components of vehicles.

TriTech Small Business Development Center, hosted by Riverside Community College District, is entering into an agreement with NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, Califo., to pilot a new business model to spur economic development.

NASA and TriTech SBDC signed the formal Space Act Agreement April 17 at the RCCD Office Rooftop Terrace in Riverside, Calif.

A major benefit of this partnership is to help facilitate the technology transfer and commercialization of NASA technologies into the Southern California region. The agreement enables TriTech SBDC to assist businesses to expand and to open new avenues for creating jobs.

“This partnership will help expedite the transfer of cutting-edge NASA technology to local businesses for the betterment of our country,” said Armstrong’s Center Director David D. McBride. “By using established economic development organizations like the TriTech SBDC, we can reach a broader audience from industry. We are looking for businesses to apply our technologies and successfully commercialize NASA technology.”

The agreement is unique because it is the first time the agency is partnering with a community college system, and using multiple NASA commercialization programs. It gives TriTech SBDC business development the authority to be a liaison for licensing NASA research and development technologies to develop businesses and high-wage jobs in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego. TriTech will model new technology-driven economic development strategies and models, and will assist in replicating the model nationwide.

“The signing of the Space Act Agreement opens NASA’s doors to all businesses and colleges in the Desert Region. It is an honor that NASA has chosen to partner with RCCD’s TriTech SBDC on such a significant economic development program,” said Chancellor Michael Burke, Riverside Community College District. “The RCCD, its three colleges, and the regional business community will all reap the benefits of this partnership.”

Armstrong’s Dryden Aeronautical Test Range provides precision radar tracking and space positioning information processed for displays in mission control rooms.

TriTech signed a similar business development agreement leading to licensing of Navy technologies with the U.S. Navy through the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division. The Partnership Intermediary Agreement with the Navy was a model for NASA to develop a similar collaboration agreement with combined research and development technology portfolios under TriTech SBDC.

“TriTech SBDC will forge new business relationships in California emphasizing commercial aerospace technologies, said Mark Mitchell, director of TriTech SBDC. “With 85 percent of jobs in the U.S. created by small businesses, we believe that the commercial aerospace industry will remain a major employer. As a result, small and medium sized companies could start businesses outside of traditional aerospace industry by repurposing aerospace technologies such as information technology, materials science, sensor technologies, and additive manufacturing.”

“TriTech SBDC, with a portfolio of $590 million and 1,300 jobs created or retained since 2006, anticipates the five-year agreement to create high paying technology jobs in its region and over a thousand throughout the state,” Mitchell added.




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