Discover Corporate America Program
In 2006 and 2007, the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD) initiated a program entitled “Discover Corporate America” in order to give its members an opportunity to meet their corporate counterparts in the U.S. and expose them to topics related to innovation and research and development in the U.S. corporate sector, at U.S. research institutes, and at U.S. universities.
Specific areas of interest within these general themes included: the organization and operation of R&D activities; the incentives used; the facilities provided; and the commercialization of innovations. Depending on the specific nature of each company, organization, and/or industry, other related topicswere added to this list. A typical company visit involved briefings by host company executives, aquestion and answer session, and a tour of the company’s research labratory and/or operational facilities.
October 22-26, 2007: Discover Corporate America 4
Discover Corporate America 4 brought Turkish business leaders to Washington, DC, Atlanta, GA, and Austin, TX. Beginning in Washington, they received briefings from TUSIAD-US, the Council on Competitiveness, the Economic Policy Institute, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. They also visited the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute at the University of Maryland, College Park. In Atlanta the delegation visited the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Corp., the Enterprise Innovation Institute at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the CNN Center, and the Coca-Cola Company. Finally, in Austin they met with representatives from IBM, Sun Microsystems, SEMATECH, and the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.
April 2-6, 2007: Discover Corporate America 3
The third Discover Corporate America Program was held in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, PA, and New York, NY. The group began with briefings from TUSIAD-US, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, the Washington Bureau Chief of CNN Turk, and the Information and Technology Innovation Foundation. Next, they visited Harley Davidson, Rohm and Haas, the Science Center, and Dupont in the Philadelphia area. The delegation then traveled to the New York area to meet with representatives from Johnson & Johnson, IBM, and Sony.
October 9-13, 2006: Discover Corporate America 2
TUSIAD hosted its second Discover Corporate America delegation in Seattle, WA, San Francisco, CA, San Jose, CA, and Phoenix, AZ. In Seattle, the group visited Microsoft Corporation, Starbucks Corporation, and Boeing. In San Francisco they met with representatives from Dolby Laboratories and the Turkish American Business Connection (TABC), then with Sun Microsystems and SYNOPSIS in San Jose. In Phoenix the delegation visited Arizona Technology Enterprises at Arizona State University, the Arizona Department of Commerce, and Honeywell.
June 18-23, 2006: First Discover Corporate America
The first Discover Corporate America delegation visited Washington, DC, Boston, MA, and Chicago, IL. The group received briefings from TUSIAD-US, the Washington Bureau Chief of CNN-Turk, the Council on Competitiveness, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health in Washington, and they paid visits to TIAX, Harvard University, and Merck in Boston, as well as Motorola and Catepillar in Chicago.