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CU-ICAR recognized for economic development initiatives

Staff Report
Published Oct. 31, 2012

The Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research recently received an award for its role in regional economic development.

The State Science and Technology Institute recognized CU-ICAR with its Excellence in Tech-Based Economic Development award for improving competitiveness of existing industries.

“An award like this from such a prestigious organization is a reward for hard work by a talented and dedicated team,” said Suzanne Dickerson, director of international business development for CU-ICAR, in a news release.

Six organizations were named winners of the institute’s 2012 Excellence award for investing in science, technology and innovation to grow their local and regional economies. The awards event was attended earlier this week by more than 250 economic development leaders.

Dan Berglund, the institute’s president and CEO, said CU-ICAR exemplifies a comprehensive, strategic initiative that connects a research university, key industry partners and government at all levels to increase the competitiveness of a key regional industry and develop the workforce necessary to support it.

“CU-ICAR is a program that applies best practices in a consistent and intelligent manner and has yielded the measurable and meaningful results to prove it,” Berglund said in a news release.

CU-ICAR is an advanced technology research campus where academia, industry and government organizations collaborate to improve regional industry competitiveness. As of 2011, CU-ICAR had generated nearly $250 million in investments, with another $500 million in developments and 2,300 jobs announced.

The State Science and Technology Institute is a national nonprofit organization that leads, supports and strengthens efforts to improve state and regional economies through science, technology and innovation.

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