Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology of Herndon and the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command's Center for Night Vision and Electro-Optics at Fort Belvoir have agreed to transfer from the government and commercialize night-vision and electro-optic technologies.

The agreement provides a mechanism for transferring Department of Defense research to the private sector within the state of Virginia.

CIT has participated in technology transfers in a variety of medical and environmental fields. CIT Director Rudolf Buser said agreements such as these allow for a greater return on federal investments and for needed technology to be used more widely.

"Agreements such as this one herald a changing role for many federal laboratories in the next decade," he said in a statement.

CIT is a nonprofit corporation that invests in and helps commercialize research at state colleges and universities that shows market potential.

Group 1 Software of Greenbelt, which provides computer software that direct-mail marketers and others use to prepare their mailing lists, reached a marketing agreement with R.L. Polk & Co. of Detroit, which compiles consumer and demographic data and provides lists used by direct-mail marketers.

Under the agreement, R.L. Polk will provide the data for Group 1's Demographic and Geographic Coding System products, which add demographic and geographic information to existing marketing databases.

Signet Bank said it will buy a MasterCard and Visa credit-card portfolio worth $38 million from Union Counties Trust Co. in Cranford, N.J. Terms of the deal announced were not disclosed.

S. Joseph Ward, a spokesman for Signet, said Union Counties Trust had a relatively small credit-card portfolio and wanted to concentrate on other areas.

Signet has more than $1 billion in credit-card accounts and is the 15th-largest credit-card operation in the United States.

ICF Kaiser Engineers of Oakland, Calif., a subsidiary of American Capital and Research Corp. of Fairfax, received a two-year contract from the Virginia Water Control Board to clean up ground water contaminated by leaking underground storage tanks. The contract is valued at about $1 million each year.

GE Information Services of Rockville installed equipment in East Berlin that gives companies access to the GE Information Services Network. It plans to install more of the equipment in other East German cities this year. The networks gives companies direct access to the network, which offers electronic data interchange systems, message-handling services, a hotel reservation system and other options.

DGA International Inc. of Washington established a partnership with ESL of Paris to provide government and public relations services in Europe and North America.

Multi-Media Marketing Inc. opened in Frederick.

Quimper Faience of Stonington, Conn., which sells hand-painted French pottery, opened a store in Alexandria.

Lafarge Corp. of Reston opened a cement terminal in Seattle.

Laser Publishing and Design, formerly of Columbia, moved to Albuquerque, N.M. The company's East Coast production facility moved to St. Leonard, Md.

Travel Services Unlimited moved its offices from Washington to Middleburg.

Attorney Management Group opened in Washington as a personnel-placement service for law firms and other law-related employers.

P/E Associates, a treasury-operations consulting firm, opened in Germantown.

The law firm of Beach, Butt & Associates opened in Alexandria.

Human Resources Inc. of Annapolis opened a speakers bureau.

Total Benefit Services Inc. of Visalia, Calif., opened an office in Fairfax.

Signs Now Corp. of Mobile, Ala., which has 85 franchises nationwide, opened an office in Rockville.

Hi-TECH Cable Connection Inc. of Herndon opened a regional sales office in Pittsburgh.

Gleason & Flynn of Rockville opened another office in Rockville in response to the firm's increased business in the I-270 corridor.

Temple Motor Co. of Alexandria was approved by General Motors Corp. as a Pontiac dealer.

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