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In Their Own Words—Quotes about PNNL from prominent individuals

From its beginnings as a single-program laboratory in 1965 to a U.S. Department of Energy multi-program national laboratory in 2005, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has been transforming discoveries into solutions for challenges in energy, national security and the environment. Here is what some of the leaders in the Pacific Northwest think of PNNL...

Doc Hastings – U.S. Representative (R-Wash.)

"With major contributions to national science and technology programs and homeland security, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is a valuable national asset and a vital part of regional efforts to create better jobs and strengthen our economy. PNNL is also a foundation for the future of the Tri-Cities as we prepare for life after Hanford. As a leader in innovation, PNNL is well positioned to help create jobs and grow the Washington economy."

Carl Adrian – President/CEO, Tri-City Industrial Development Council (TRIDEC)

"Having a multi-program national lab in your back yard is a major selling point when recruiting high-tech companies. The presence of PNNL's scientific and technical workforce is a proven advantage to Tri-City companies and adds greatly to the quality of life in our community. PNNL has been and will become a central focus in our efforts to diversify the Tri-Cities economy."

Skip Rung – Executive Director, Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI)

"Oregon and ONAMI are starting out with two major advantages that other regions cannot easily match. One is the 'small tech' industrial research and development cluster, running from Eugene to Portland. The other is PNNL. PNNL has partnered with us on research projects and proposals and supported us with facility access and student opportunities. We expect to plow new ground in university-national lab relationships in 2005 when PNNL places research staff at the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute in Corvallis."

Ron Wyden – U.S. Senator (D-Ore.)

"As co-author of the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act, I am committed to making Oregon a national center for nanotechnology research and development. That's why I am so excited about the collaborative effort being undertaken by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute and the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute to position Oregon and the Pacific Northwest as significant players in the development and commercialization of nano and microtechnologies."

Norm Dicks – U.S. Representative (D-Wash.)

"The cutting edge research on sensor technology at PNNL's Marine Research Operations facility in Sequim, Wash., is just one example of the important work taking place at the Laboratory for the enhancement of America's intelligence capabilities. PNNL is an indispensable technical and economic asset to our entire state."

Sam Volpentest – Executive Vice President, Tri-City Industrial Development Council (TRIDEC)

"Since 1965, PNNL and TRIDEC have built a 40-year history of working together to make science and technology the cornerstone for the future of the Tri-Cities. Our close decades-long relationship has resulted in construction of the PNNL Life Sciences Lab, the Fast Flux Test Facility and the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory. TRIDEC today is supporting PNNL Director Len Peters and his outstanding management team to construct a new and even brighter future for this DOE national laboratory. We are proud of our partnership, our history and our future with PNNL."

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