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Many countries, particularly those traditionally reliant on agriculture and extractive industries, are now realizing the significance of these science and technology parks in fueling breakthroughs in industry best practices and products. In the business sector, research and development projects often attract substantial investment (such as human resources, capital, and the facility itself), creating more jobs and streamlining businesses processes for the benefit of companies, end users, and customers. In the academe, students are given veritable training grounds where they can sharpen their skills and knowledge sets for future employment or further research.
Last year, the Association of University Research Parks distinguished the University of Maryland Research Park as the Outstanding Research Park of 2015. It is Maryland’s largest research park, with key technology clusters such as environmental and earth sciences, food safety and agriculture policy, and language and national security.
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Dr. Russ Lea works with various organizations in building and funding research facilities and tech parks across the country. To know more about his work, visit this website.