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October 1, 2004

The Honorable Anna G. Eshoo
205 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-0514

Dear Congresswoman Eshoo:

The purpose of this letter is to urge you to support the University of California Santa Cruz's efforts to establish a bio-info-nano research and development institute at NASA Ames Research Center.

The Bio-Info-Nano Research and Development Institute (BIN-RDI) at NASA Ames will bring together researchers from the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC), NASA and industry to work on cutting-edge research to further the fusion of the bio- info­and nano sciences and support the education missions of UCSC, San Jose State University and Foothill-De Anza College by contributing to the development of a  21st Century workforce of scientists, engineers and educators.

The City of Mountain View believes it will derive benefits from the BIN-RDI project in both the short and long term. The BIN-RDI will build upon the community's existing technology workforce, educate the next generation of scientists and researchers and will provide the potential for new markets, businesses and jobs locally and elsewhere.

Several companies currently located in Mountain View are involved in the fusion of bio- info- and nano technologies. The establishment of the BIN-RDI facility in close proximity to the City may help to further the research and development efforts of existing Mountain View companies and/or may attract additional companies to the City.

The BIN-RDI will be the centerpiece of the Technology and Management Complex UCSC is establishing at NASA Ames Research Center in its new NASA Research Park (NRP). The NRP is one of the components of NASA's long-term development plans for the 2,000 acres it controls at the Moffett Federal Complex. The Mountain View City Council has conditionally supported NASA's long-term development plans for the Moffett Complex.

The City of Mountain View urges you to support the establishment of the BIN-RDI facility and UCSC's efforts to attract funding for the project.

Sincerely,

Matt Pear
Mayor


                     
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