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New Soft Landings designees announced

June/July 2009

With the addition of two new designees this month, 14 incubation programs from around the world now hold NBIA’s Soft Landings International Incubator designation.

A panel of industry experts selected the Murata Business Center of Carlisle, Pa., and TechTown of Detroit as Soft Landings designees for 2009-11. Incu-Tech Business Incubation Programme of Hong Kong also earned its first renewal of the Soft Landings designation.

Launched in 2005, NBIA’s Soft Landings program recognizes member incubation programs that successfully support foreign businesses aspiring to expand into the incubator’s domestic market. Soft Landings designations are effective for two years; programs must reapply biennially for continuing designation.

The Murata Business Center is a mixed-use incubation program operated by the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and the Capital Region Economic Development Corp. of Pennsylvania, which targets software development, service and light manufacturing firms.

TechTown operates a high-tech business incubator within the Wayne State University Research and Technology Park in Detroit. The program assists companies in state-targeted industries such as life sciences, alternative energy and advanced engineering.

The Incu-Tech Business Incubation Programme, part of the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corp., serves clients in the electronics, biotechnology, precision engineering, and information technology/telecommunications industries.

For more information about Soft Landings designees or the program itself, visit or contact Randy Morris at The next deadline for Soft Landings designations is Oct. 2.

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