Today’s issue of the Federal Register carries a "Notice of Public Meeting", announcing the 2012 Regional, State and Local (RSL) Initiatives in Nanotechnology workshop, to be held 1-2 May in Portland, Oregon.

This workshop will bring together leaders of regional, state, and local
organizations to engage in dialog with the Federal government; economic
development groups; investors and entrepreneurs; technology leaders;
and scientists and engineers from industry, business, government, and
academia. The discussion will address a wide range of resource,
organizational, and policy issues impacting RSL nanotechnology

Principal themes addressed in the workshop will include:

  • Current landscape of U.S. RSL nanotechnology initiatives and their health

  • Current Federal resources available for RSLs

  • RSL best practices, business models, and opportunities for partnering; and

  • Role of nanotechnology RSLs in future U.S. economic growth and job creation.


The workshop is cosponsored by the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) and theOregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institutes (ONAMI).

Anyone planning to attend the workshop is required to register, either online, via e-mail ( ) or via regular US mail (  RSL 2012 Workshop, c/o NNCO, 4201 Wilson Boulevard,  Stafford II, Suite 405, Arlington, VA 22230). Registration is on a "first come, first served" basis and runs from today, March 5, 2012 until 5PM April 27, 2012. Those interested in presenting 3-5 minutes of public comments at the meeting should also register at Written or  electronic comments should be submitted by email to  until April 27, 2012. The workshop will include an opportunity for any
regional, state, or local nanotechnology initiative or related  organization to present a poster explaining the activity.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding this Notice,
please contact James Kadtke or Halyna Paikoush at the National
Nanotechnology Coordination Office by telephone (703-292-8626) or email

A draft agenda has not yet been posted to the website. Once the agenda for the workshop is available, a link to it will be posted.