PARKS, BUSINESS PARKS & DEVELOPMENT CENTERS
Large federal labs tend
to attract private sector research parks and
centers. Often, they are set up by the surrounding
communities as economic development initiatives. In
a sense, they can be considered “partnering centers”
as companies and programs take root because of
collaborative projects with the labs or because new
companies spring from technologies coming out of the
There are many examples
of parks and centers associated with federal labs
throughout the country. Some of the parks and
development centers adjacent to the labs in the
Mid-Atlantic region are:
The Applied Research Center
The Applied Research
Center (ARC) is the flagship research facility
(adjacent to the Department of Energy's Thomas
Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in the research park, the Jefferson Center for
Research and Technology, in Newport News, Virginia.
The Battelle Eastern Science and Technology
Center (BEST) is growing near the Army’s Aberdeen
Aberdeen Proving Ground
APG has committed to an enhanced use lease
agreement to develop the Government & Technology
Enterprise (GATE) park within the APG boundaries.
This is intended to be a state-of-art office, R&D,
and technology business park with about two million
ft2 under roof.
The Wallops Research Park occupies 200 acres
just outside the gate at the Wallops Island
facility, a NASA launch site that is also home to
Navy and NOAA research units.
Air Warfare Center – Patuxent River
The 92-acre Patuxent Business Park is located
just minutes away.
Naval Surface Warfare Center - Indian Head
The planned Energetics Technology Center will be
located in Charles County, Maryland near the base at
Indian Head. The facility will engage in R&D of
energetics systems and related technologies and in
workforce development. www.etcmd.org
The Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc.
(FITCI) was set up as an incubator that could
interact with the federal research entities at Fort
Detrick. Currently, most of its tenants have
relationships with Fort Detrick.
The Gunston Commerce Center is a new, 107-acre
business park designed to house contractors to the
government units on Fort Belvoir.
Recent increases in activities at NSA and other
agencies at Fort Meade have stimulated the
establishment and rapid growth of the adjoining
National Business Park.
Conversely, some federal labs are moving onto
non-federal research parks, in part to
foster symbiotic relationships with academia and
industry. For example:
NOAA is in the process
of relocating itself to M-Square, a research park
adjacent to the University of Maryland main campus.
A Water Science Center
is being established by USGS on the University of
Maryland, Baltimore County Research Park.