The Center for Applied Research and Technology, Inc. (CART) was established in 1998. CART is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization operating industrial design studios and laboratories in Bluefield, West Virginia to:
• Enhance the competitive position of the Region 1 counties of West Virginia for applied research opportunities in the current environment for research and development;
• Promote the general economic development of the region;
• Improve the success rate for technology-based entrepreneurial business development in southern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia, and;
• Link applied scientific research and technological advancements to economic development of the State of West Virginia and southwestern Virginia.
CART is an independent, non-profit, non-stock corporation under the general corporation laws of the State of West Virginia organized exclusively for educational and scientific purposes:
• Designed to foster and support applied research in the Bluefield, WV area for entrepreneurs, inventors, engineering professionals and small technology-based businesses.
• Provide evaluation, prototype development, product design and utility patenting support, management and marketing support services for the inventions and diverse service capabilities of the citizens of southern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia.
CART's vision is to be a respected resource for applied research and technology development and the translation of knowledge into innovative applications that improve the economic quality of life in southern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia.
CART's mission is to produce
outstanding applied research and self-sufficient financial returns by conducting successful
technology development programs for industrial sponsors and federal, state, and local
government agencies. CART translates science, technology, art, engineering, and
mathematics (STEM) into marketable products, processes, systems, and services for its