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High Tech in Rural America

Guest blog post by Patrick D. Gallagher, Commerce's Under Secretary of Standards and Technology and Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

That's right. Rural America is also high tech. From the plains of the heartland to the cattle lands of the West and the rolling hills of farmlands in the East, our smaller communities are home to high-tech businesses that help expand U.S. exports and provide high-skilled, high-paying jobs.

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NIST and PRO-TEC Officials at the Pro-Tec Manufacturing Facility in Leipsic, Ohio
Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology Patrick Gallagher (center in blue shirt) pauses with his hosts and other NIST senior official after a tour of the company's manufacturing facility in Leipsic, Ohio. Left to right: Eric Franks, Manager of Technology & Quality, PRO-TEC; Harry Hertz, Director, NIST Baldrige Performance Excellence Program; Bryan Vaughn, President, PRO-TEC; Roger Kilmer, Director, NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership; and Kevin Kimball, NIST Chief of Staff.
Credit: Courtesy PRO-TEC
Released August 26, 2011, Updated January 12, 2023