For Immediate Release: May 1, 2007
OCAST 20th Anniversary Celebrated by
The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science
and Technology (OCAST) was honored by the Senate on Tuesday,
as a resolution celebrating the 20th anniversary of the agency
was approved unanimously.
Senate Resolution 35, authored by Sens. Clark Jolley and Susan
Paddack, salutes OCAST for its role in spurring economic growth
and development through science and technology research.
Jolley said the agency is a critical cog in the effort to create
a more prosperous future for the state.
“The technology industry is fundamental to the advancement
of Oklahoma’s economy, and OCAST has been a leader in
encouraging research and development that is driving growth
in our state,” said Jolley, R-Edmond. “Additionally,
the support of OCAST has enabled research that is improving
the quality of Oklahoma’s health care.”
The technology-based economic development agency creates partnerships
with government and private enterprise to support peer-reviewed
research projects that have the potential for both scientific
and commercial value. The agency is also responsible for administering
the $150 million Economic Development Generating Excellence
(EDGE) Fund, an effort to increase research and technology commercialization
Paddack thanked the agency for their role in helping
secure the future of Oklahoma’s economy.
“Advancements in science and technology help our economy
thrive and grow,” said Paddack, D-Ada. “OCAST has
been on the cutting edge in helping Oklahoma support projects
that have the potential to boost our economy and provide better
health care to Oklahomans.”
For more information contact:
Senator Jolley's Office: (405) 521-5622
Senator Paddack's Office: (405) 521-5541