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South Carolina Governor's Letter about Centennial

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State of South Carolina
Office of the Governor



On behalf of the State of South Carolina, I am pleased to extend best wishes as you celebrate the opening of the Hall of State Flags at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

This occasion provides a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the many successes of the National Institute of Standards and Technology since its chartering in 1901. First known as the National Bureau of Standards, the nation's first physical science laboratory tackled the challenging task of bringing order to the American Commercial Industry. Throughout the years, it has maintained a steadfast commitment to promoting better commerce and research while supporting industry, scientific institutions, and all branches of government. The cooperative relationships that have been fostered by the NIST have ensured many businesses have been able to meet the technological challenges of the future.

The State of South Carolina has benefited greatly from the NIST's dedication to improving the quality of life of the citizens of our nation by providing needed assistance to countless businesses and institutions. The Palmetto State is very honored to have a part in this wonderful celebration of American ingenuity and creativity. As the NIST begins the next century of service, I am confident it will be able to meet the challenges of the future while maintaining the standard of excellence that has become its trademark over the past century. I commend the NIST for its continued dedication to ensuring our nation remains the leader in technology and industry throughout the world.

Again, I extend my best wishes for an enjoyable celebration and I hope that you will let me know if I may ever be of assistance to you.

Jim Hodges


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Created July 30, 2013, Updated February 14, 2023