SSTI Digest

Geography: Hawaii

Hawaii's Growth Strategy Focuses on Technology, New Economy

Earlier this month, Governor Ben Cayetano released The New Millenium Growth Strategy for Hawaii's Economy, an economic development plan to improve the state's performance in a knowledge-based economy. The 90-page report, penned by the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, includes several new initiatives for developing and growing technology businesses as well as strengthening existing economic development efforts.

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Nola Miyasaki is serving as Acting Executive Director and CEO of the Hawaii High Technology Development Corp


Joe Blanco has been appointed the Hawaii Technology Advisor.

Hawaii Consolidates Technology Programs, Adds Worker Training and Offers Tax Breaks

In a move to increase Hawaii's technology standing, Governor Ben Cayetano signed legislation last week that will create several new initiatives. Most significant for S&T policy is the planned consolidation of the state's technology-related programs under a new special advisor for technology development. The specific state agencies affected by the legislation were not identified in the Technology Omnibus bill.