Category Archives: Economic Development

Review of President’s Budget Request

Centurion Research Solutions analyzed the President’s budget request and identified key areas for agencies interested in pursuing federal government contracts, e.g. VA, Cybersecurity, and Healthcare IT.

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You can access the fiscal year 2014 Presidential budget request here.

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Obama Budget Seeks to Slowly Rebuild Spending on Scientific Research

By Paul Basken


The Obama administration on Wednesday proposed a budget for the 2014 fiscal year that suggests slowly rebuilding federal support for science, with an emphasis on favored fields that include clean energy and biotechnology.

The administration’s 2014 spending plan includes a total of $33.2-billion for basic research, an increase of about 4 percent over fiscal-2012 levels. It proposes total research-and-development spending of $143-billion, about 1.3 percent more than the fiscal-2012 amount.

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Students Develop Innovative Solutions for Energy Efficient Buildings

Every year, the U.S. spends about $200 billion to power our office buildings, shopping mall and stores. Yet, about 30 percent of this money is wasted. Hoping to tap the creative thinking of the nation’s university students, the Energy Department launched the Better Buildings Case Competition. Last week as part of the second annual competition, some of the country’s brightest young minds presented their ideas on ways to cut energy waste and improve commercial building efficiency.

This year, 14 university teams — made up of undergraduate and graduate students with backgrounds in business, engineering, public policy and urban planning — tackled four of the toughest knots in energy efficiency. Using real-world scenarios and data, students had two months to develop innovative solutions for common efficiency challenges — from creating a plan for early retirement of equipment to justifying and installing metering to designing financial models that municipalities can use to improve their own buildings — that real-world private-sector organizations, and state and local governments could replicate.

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Nigeria: Plateau Govt. to Partner With U.S. – University On ICT

The Plateau Government is to partner with the ICT University, Louisiana, U.S. to provide affordable online Information and Communication Technology courses.

Prof. Comfort Piwuna, the Commissioner for Science and Technology, made this known in Jos on Tuesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Piwuna said that the courses include certificates, bachelor’s degrees, master’s programmes and Ph D.

The commissioner said that the Plateau State University, Bokkos and the Plateau State Polytechnic, Barkin-Ladi, had been marked as pilot centres for the programme.

“The Plateau Government has agreed to provide the centres and the halls, while the American ICT university will provide the required facilities needed for the effective take-off of the programme.”

She said the partnership would provide additional platform for Plateau citizens to have access to ICT skills and be in tune with the technology-driven world of the 21st century.

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Lehigh University technical entrepreneurship master’s degree part of Bethlehem-area innovation cluster

When you have a great idea, there is no reason to wait.

That’s the motto at Lehigh University’s Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation—the home of its master’s degree in technical entrepreneurship program, which launched last spring. Though Lehigh has had roots in innovation before — social video hosting site and its founder Rob Sandie spun out there and became active in the Philly scene in 2009 before leaving the role — this program is far more inter-disciplinary, recognizing trends nationwide.

Along with the fresh feel of the program is something that distinguishes itself from most others—it accepts students with a bachelor’s degree of any kind.

“We’re a cross between engineering, business and arts and science,” said John Ochs, the director of the program and professor of mechanical engineering at the university based in Bethlehem, Pa. Less than 90 minutes from Center City, a growing Lehigh Valley technology community can help pipe talent to Philadelphia and create a broader ecosystem of innovation in the mega-region.

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