Prospera Business Network, which works to support the Gallatin County economy by promoting technology and clean industries, noted Swearingen's contributions to the economic development of Montana, though in his reaction to the award, Swearingen turned the focus squarely on TechLink as a whole.
"This award is a tribute to the hard work and excellence of all the TechLink staff," Swearingen said. "We are proud to represent MSU in promoting technology-based economic development in Montana and the nation."
TechLink's mission is to help the United States Department of Defense commercialize cutting-edge new technologies by partnering DOD labs with private sector companies for technology licensing, transfer, and research and development. The center, which is located on the MSU campus, has been working with the Pentagon in transferring technology to the private sector since 1999.
According to a Bureau of Business and Economic Research report, from 2000 through 2006 TechLink directly impacted 50 companies spread across Montana. Those companies account for 611 jobs which support $73.8 million in gross sales. According to the same 2009 study, "75 percent of these jobs are in architectural and engineering, custom computer programming, computer systems design, and scientific research and development services."