SSTI Digest

The latest reporting and analysis on breakthroughs in technology-based economic development research and issues that matter most to you.

President Obama Signs Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

July 24, 2014

President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22 – a federal-wide reform effort designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. WIOA is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. Awards $30M to Cluster Initiatives

July 24, 2014

JPMorgan Chase & Co. launched Small Business Forward℠ — a five-year, $30 million grant program to help industry cluster initiatives in cities across the country.  Through Small Business Forward, JPMorgan Chase will fund nonprofit organizations that work with small businesses concentrated in a single industry sector.

Useful Stats: Venture Capital Investment Has Strongest Quarter Since 2001

July 24, 2014

Anchored by the largest ever investment since the MoneyTree Report began covering venture capital investment in 1995, the $13 billion total dollars invested in the second quarter of 2014 marks the largest total quarterly investment since $13.1 billion was invested in the first quarter of 2001, according to new data from the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) MoneyTree survey. Likewise, the $22.7 billion invested in the first half of 2014 is the highest first half total since 2001.

Entrepreneurship, Place, and Economic Development

July 24, 2014

Several scholarly articles published within the past few months highlight the role that entrepreneurship, high-tech employment, and place play in both economic growth and economic development. In a landscape where seemingly every place desires the successes found in the Silicon Valley model, new frameworks that support the economic efficacy of human capital, entrepreneurship, and place are needed to encourage innovation and prosperity.

Public, Private Sector Entities Announce Initiatives to Connect Globally

July 24, 2014

As the world becomes more globally connected, both public and private entities have turned their attention to foreign markets in the hopes of spurring innovation, capital creation, and economic prosperity. Whether their effort is developing international business partnerships, attempting to attract foreign direct investment (FDI), investing in startups, or taking advantage of international demand, the entities establishing these initiatives view long-term economic success for both firms and regions as dependent upon entering the global market place.

Useful Stats: Business Survival Rate by State, 2003-2013

July 17, 2014

Through good times and bad, the churning of businesses and jobs is a hallmark of any dynamic capitalist economy. This “creative destruction,” where some firms enter the market or expand while others contract or close, is the cause of much debate among policymakers and anxiety throughout the workforce.  Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Business Employment Dynamics (BDM) data series to determine the 10-year survival rates of establishments born in 2003, this article assesses the states in which these new businesses were most likely to survive.

SSTI Conference Sessions, Agenda Available Online

July 17, 2014

Over two days, more than 300 practitioners, shareholders and policymakers interested in encouraging regional prosperity will convene in Chicago, September 14-16 for SSTI’s Annual Conference to share best and promising practices in response to new, arising opportunities.

With tracks focused on improving innovation networks and initiatives, increasing critical risk capital, and exploring higher education's new roles, Regional Prosperity Through Innovation will help guide you through today's changing -- and challenging -- times.

New York Launches New $500M Semiconductor Partnership

July 17, 2014

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of the Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium, a 100-member public-private partnership between public research universities, private sector companies, and other research partners to develop next generation of materials and processes used in the manufacturing of wide band gap semiconductors.

Your Support for the Regional Innovation Program Needed

July 17, 2014

As Congress continues negotiations over the FY15 federal budget, SSTI is hard at work trying to secure additional funding for the Regional Innovation program. The Regional Innovation Program was authorized under the American COMPETES Act and is designed to provide funding to support regional innovation activities. The Senate has approved $20 million for the program for FY2015, while the House did not provide any funding for the program. SSTI has prepared a support letter to Congressional leaders and is seeking organizations to sign on to the letter.

NIST To Open New Competitions for MEP Centers Across the Country

July 17, 2014

Over the next three years, the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) plans to hold open competitions for MEP center cooperative agreements in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The process will begin with a demonstration program this summer, in which competitions will be held in six to 10 states in each of MEP’s six regions.

Despite Growing Demand, Most STEM Graduates Work in Other Fields

July 17, 2014

About 74 percent of U.S. residents with a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are not employed in STEM occupations, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. While STEM graduates are less likely to be unemployed, they generally find careers outside of science and technology.

Around the World in TBED

July 10, 2014

In addition to the recent announcement of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Energy Incubator program, several other countries announced initiatives that will provide financial and other resources to support innovation incubator and accelerator programs that help cultivate new tech startups and increase economic growth. Nations that made recent announcements include Canada, United Kingdom, and New Zealand.