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GAO Reports on Status of SBICs

The General Accounting Office (GAO) has released information on the status of Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs) for fiscal years 1990 through 1996. The report, Update of Information on SBA's Small Business Investment Company Programs, provides data on the performance of the programs and related investment activities.

Position Available

Pittsburg State University in Kansas is seeking a person to serve as the executive director of its Business & Technology Institute (BTI) and as Director of the Center for Design, Development, and Production. BTI is the primary economic development unit of the university. Its mission is to serve as interface between education, technology, business and industry by providing management, finance, and technological services. Review of applications will begin on April 28.


The Coopers & Lybrand Money Tree Report, reported on in the March 7 issue of the Digest, inadvertently omitted Ohio from its list of the top states receiving venture capital investments in 1996. The Survey should have ranked Ohio tenth with $279.0 million in investments. This revised information drops Virginia to 11th with $275.7 million, New Jersey to 12th with $264.3 million, and Tennessee to 13th with $261.5 million.

Retain Organizational Structure of White House S&T Advice, Report Says

The present organizational structure for science and technology advice in the White House should be retained and its operations fine-tuned to better serve the needs of the President, according to recommendations of the Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology, and Government.

NASA Names New Institute, Center

NASA selected the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston to lead a consortium for its new National Space Biomedical Research Institute.

New York Science & Technology Program Funding Restored

New York Governor George Pataki amended his proposed FY 1997-98 budget to restore funding for the state's technology programs. Pataki's revised budget calls for more than $20 million for technology programs, almost twice what was originally submitted to the legislature in January.

Results In From Manufacturers Economic Growth Survey

Results are in from a new nationwide survey of 2,000 manufacturing executives conducted by the National Association of Manufacturing (NAM). Nearly two-thirds of the respondents to the 1997 Survey on Economic Growth believe that a lack of skilled workers is hindering their ability to grow. Sixty-four percent of those surveyed report that a significant number of their entry level employees do not have the skills needed to help increase productivity and growth.

Panel Members Sought

Nominations of individuals to serve on the Sea Grant Review panel are being solicited. The panel advises the National Sea Grant College Program on the operations of the program, including review of applications or proposals for grants and contracts and the designation and operation of sea grant colleges and sea grant regional consortia.

Prabhakar to Leave NIST

Arati Prabhakar, director of the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), announced this week that she will be leaving NIST to become senior vice president and chief technology officer of the Raychem Corporation, Menlo Park, Calif.

Surveys Find Venture Capital Financing Increased in 1996

Two recent reports indicate the amount of venture capital financing increased in 1996, although the two reports differ on the amount of financing and the most active investors. Both surveys agreed that California and Massachusetts were the lead states in attracting venture capital.

Price Waterhouse Study

Price Waterhouse, in conjunction with the National Venture Capital Association, recently published the results of the 1996 National Venture Capital Survey. Venture capitalists reported investing $9.5 billion in 1996, a 25% increase over 1995.

Coopers & Lybrand Survey

In its annual Money Tree Survey of venture firms, Coopers & Lybrand, which also tracks venture capital activity, reported greater growth in 1996 than Price Waterhouse did. According to this survey, venture capital investment reached $10.1 billion in 1996. Surveyed venture firms participated in 2,163 deals during 1996. The average size of each financing rose in 1996 to $4.7 million, up from the $4.3 million average investment reported in 1995.