Bedford County Economic Development

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R&D in Bedford County

Bedford County is home to the Center for Advanced Engineering & Research located in the New London Business & Tech Center. The CAER targets growth industries and high tech industries in the region and works to establish effective relationships, resulting in innovation.

The CAER also provides professional development opportunities for scientists and engineers and continues to drive a shift from traditional economic development activities to Technology-Based Economic Development (TBED) activities in the region.

The CAER’s R&D activities are targeted to the unique, high potential technology industry clusters that will drive economic growth in the region over the next 10-20 years, specifically in the nuclear energy cluster and the wireless communications cluster. This R&D translates into new product innovations that can either grow existing businesses or spin-off new ones.

The goal for the CAER is to develop several key research programs that will attract national attention to Bedford County and the region.  These programs include the Center for Safe and Secure Nuclear Energy, B&W’s mPower Integrated System Test program, and a large scale wireless testbed focused on researching, developing and deploying low cost broadband spectrum sharing technologies.  Each of these programs is capable of bringing national attention and resources to the region in these key technologies.

Watch the short video below to learn more.