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Subject: CLINTON: Press Release on Technology Announcements 2.22.93
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Date: 22 Feb 1993 21:43:21 -0500
Organization: MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab
THE WHITE HOUSE
OFFICE OF THE PRESS SECRETARY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MONDAY,
FEBRUARY 22, 1993
PRESIDENT OUTLINES COMPREHENSIVE NEW TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVE:
Technology to Create Jobs, Protect the Environment, Improve
Bold Changes Proposed to Redirect, Focus U.S. Efforts
SAN JOSE, CA -- Offering bold and dramatic changes to
harness technology to drive economic growth and job
creation, President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al
Gore today (2/22) unveiled a comprehensive new technology
initiative to move America forward to a stronger economy,
a cleaner environment, more competitive businesses, more
effective government, better educational programs and
technological leadership in critical fields.
"In order to revitalize our economy, it is time for a
dramatically new approach that recognizes the strength and
potential of America's scientific and technological
resources to change and improve the quality of our lives,"
President Clinton said.
The new initiative: Technology for America's
Economic Growth, A New Direction to Build Economic
Strength offers a comprehensive blueprint to focus
American technology around three central goals:
-- Long-term economic growth that creates jobs and
protects the environment;
-- Making government more efficient and more responsive;
-- World leadership in basic science, mathematics, and
"We face new challenges, from our competitors around
the world and from the people we serve here at home, that
demand new solutions and creative thinking. Technology
offers new opportunities for jobs, for a cleaner
environment, for better schools, for high-quality health
care and for scores of other advances. We must move to
seize these opportunities," said Vice President Gore, who
the President has asked to play a leadership role in
implementing these new initiatives.
President Clinton and Vice President Gore returned to
California's Silicon Valley to unveil the initiative,
where the President last year detailed his commitment to a
new direction in U.S. technology policy, a commitment
which was endorsed by leaders throughout the technology
Technology for America's Economic Growth recognizes
that new investments in technology will help the private
sector create high-wage, high-skill jobs. It offers
ground-breaking proposals to:
Develop a national network of manufacturing extension centers
to help small and medium-sized businesses gain access to
Invest in applied R & D in fields such as advanced
manufacturing, aerospace, biotechnology, and advanced
Increase partnerships between industry and the national
Develop a partnership with the American auto industry to
enable the development of a "clean car," creating jobs and
protecting the environment; and
Expand the Commerce Department's Advanced Technology Program
to provide matching grants for industry-led R & D consortia.
A major priority of the package will be developing a
National Information Infrastructure and the "information
superhighways" created by legislation introduced and
steered to passage by Vice President Gore when he served
in the Senate. Technology for America's Economic Growth
Support for the High-Performance Computing and Communications
Initiative that is developing new technologies for our most
powerful computers, supercomputers that are able to rapidly
process enormous quantities of information and for a national,
high-speed network ("information superhighways") to make this
high-performance computing more accessible.
Developing new applications for high-performance computing and
networking in health care, lifelong learning, and manufacturing.
Creating pilot projects to demonstrate these technologies in
schools and other nonprofit entities.
A task force of the National Economic Council which will work
with the Congress and the private sector to develop policies
needed to accelerate the deployment of a National Information
America's technology policy also will be used to help
important national goals:
The federal government will use technology to cut its costs,
improve energy efficiency, and improve the quality and
timeliness of service.
The government will work with industry to develop technologies
(software, computer and communications equipment) that increase
the productivity of learning in our schools, our homes, and our
The plan will improve the environment for private
sector investment and innovation in a variety of ways:
Making the Research and Experimentation tax credit permanent.
Reducing capital gains for long-term investments in small
Reforming our antitrust laws to permit joint production
Technology for America's Economic Growth recognizes
as well that our policy goals require a continued
commitment to U.S. leadership in basic research. The
initiative includes substantial increases in funding for
the National Science Foundation.
And, Technology for America's Economic Growth
improves the management of U.S. technology policy with:
High-level leadership and coordination by the Vice President,
the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the National
Developing a true partnership between the federal government
and industry, labor, academia, and the states.
Regular evaluation of programs to determine whether they should
remain part of the national investment in technology.
COPIES OF TECHNOLOGY FOR AMERICA'S ECONOMIC GROWTH ARE