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How Do We Strengthen US Competitiveness

In a world where seemingly every nation is scrambling to bolster innovation and entrepreneurship, how can the U.S. strengthen its competitiveness? According to a new report from the Department of Commerce, the formula is simple and based on looking at the country’s track record for promoting innovation—increased government funding for research, education and infrastructure. It argues that “failures to properly invest in, and have comprehensive strategies for” those three pillars are responsible for the shrinking gap between the US and other nations.

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Mark Marich
on January 09, 2012
Category:  Education  Global  Workforce  Physical Infrastructure  Technology Transfer 
States’ Antiquated IT Infrastructure
Vivek Wadhwa, senior research associate at the Labor & Worklife Program at Harvard Law School and executive in residence at Duke University, has a new article on BusinessWeek. In “States, Innovate in IT or Else,” Wadhwa looks at the way antiquated and expensive IT systems... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 10, 2010
Category:  Physical Infrastructure 
An Emerging National Innovation Strategy
While President Obama has said a lot of the right things about innovation and entrepreneurship, a number have pointed to a disconnect between those words and the actions and policies emerging from the Administration. Earlier today, the president again addressed the topic from Hudson Valley... [More]
Mark Marich
on September 21, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education  Energy  Environment  Health Care  Immigration  Intellectual Property  Physical Infrastructure  Red Tape  Technology Transfer  Workforce 
Entrepreneurs As a Solution to Policy Challenges
In the past few months, we have highlighted through articles and factsheets how public policy can make the path easier for entrepreneurship and innovation. With the Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship, we hope to emphasize not only how policies can foster entrepreneurs, but also how entrepreneurship can directly be part of... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on September 07, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education  Energy  Environment  General  Global  Health Care  Immigration  Intellectual Property  Liability Litigation  Physical Infrastructure  Red Tape  Tax Code  Technology Transfer  Workforce 
Rebuilding an Infrastructure Needs Entrepreneurs
Shovel ready (adj.): Ready for immediate commencement of excavation and construction Initial reports on President Obama's stimulus package have introduced a new expression into our everyday language. While only intended as a criteria for government spending, "shovel ready" brings back images of the public works... [More]
Mark Marich
on June 08, 2009
Category:  Physical Infrastructure 
The Need for Speed
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act contains $7.2 billion to help support and expand broadband deployment across the US. A new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Policy Foundation reminds us that these critical investments are not just about allowing us to surf the... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 16, 2009
Category:  Physical Infrastructure 
Innovation in the States: Washington
Washington, home to Microsoft, Amazon and numerous other technology firms, has always had a strong foundation for innovation and entrepreneurship. Yet, like most areas of the country, Washington now faces a severe economic crisis and can no longer continue with business as usual.A new study... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 09, 2009
Category:  Physical Infrastructure  Technology Transfer  Workforce 
Brookings’ Recommendations on American Competitiveness
What can be done to revitalize the American economy? A group of scholars affiliated with the Brookings Institution recently offered some insights on the important issue of American competitiveness. Their broad categories of recommendations are tough to quibble with: Investing in Infrastructure, Investing in People,... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 23, 2009
Category:  Global  Physical Infrastructure  Workforce 

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