The private sector and several government agencies combined re

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AUTHOR: JOER

The private sector and several government agencies combined resources and energy Thursday with the opening of Golden Triangle Regional Enterprise Center, a major technology-business development initiative called the Mississippi Technology Extension Partnership.

The Mississippi Enterprise for Technology, called the Enterprise, will open four other centers: Oxford, Hattiesburg, Jackson, and Stennis Space Center, where the new operation is headquartered.

The Enterprise will use a statewide network to place appropriate technologies in business incubators. Four companies will occupy space in the Starkville/Mississippi State incubator.

A grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology will fund the start-up costs for the statewide partnership. It is expected to become self-sustaining.

Field engineers will operate in the five centers. Four centers Oxford, Jackson, Hattiesburg and Starkville will have strong and direct ties with the state-supported universities in those cities. Local boards will control the centers. and the local boards will be led by the private sector.

The premise is simple: Put the kind of technology needed for strong business enterprises in the 21st century into the workplace. The result of course would be enduring, top-notch jobs for Mississippians.

The Enterprise and the new partnership clearly define how far government goes and where the private sector takes over. That is the kind of model that works best in the real world of free enterprise.