SSTI Digest

Geography: Minnesota

TBED People and Job Opportunities: People and Organizations

Alabama then-Governor-elect Robert Bentley on January 3 named former House Speaker Seth Hammett as director of the Alabama Development Office, replacing Interim Director Linda Swann. He also appointed the president of the Birmingham-based Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, Bill Taylor, to lead efforts to grow and retain existing Alabama industries, while at the same time recruiting new businesses to the state.

Minnesota Plan Recommends $750 Million Over 10 Years for S&T Programs

Minnesota needs additional support for science and technology commercialization, manufacturing and entrepreneurship in order to remain competitive, according to a new strategic plan released by the Minnesota Science and Technology Authority. The plan recommends an initial appropriation of $10 million annually, ramping up over ten years, to invest in the state's R&D capacity, talent development and capital and business development. The group estimates that the plan could create up to 30,000 to 45,000 direct jobs and leverage up to 30 times the state's investment in the form of federal and private sector funding. Read the report ...

Research Parks RoundUp

Often credited with contributing significant revenue to states' economies, research parks also house facilities for workforce training and provide resources for tech-based industries, which is especially important as the nation's employment begins to pick up steam. In West Virginia, officials are building a $15 million advanced technology-training center at the state-owned research and technology park, and in Utah, officials recently broke ground on a building that will house engineers and analysts working on the nation's Intercontinental Ballistic Missile program.

SBA Selects 10 Regional Efforts for Cluster

The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the selection of 10 regional economic development and job creation efforts through a new pilot program, Innovative Economies, that supports small business participation in regional economic clusters. SBA's funding is designed to expand the opportunities and the role small businesses play in these regional collaborations. The awardees were selected from among 173 applicants. Awards went to organizations in: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio and South Carolina. Read the full release

TBED People

Craig Dye was named director of the Mtech VentureAccelerator Program, a fast-track, early admission program tied to Mtech's Technology Advancement Program.

MN Legislature Creates S&T Authority, Passes Tech Initiatives

At the close of the 2010 legislative session in Minnesota this week, several initiatives supporting the state's tech-based economic development agenda were enacted into law. To help make the state more competitive, the Minnesota Science and Technology Authority was established to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for growing the state's economy through investments in science, technology and innovation.

Research Parks RoundUp

Having the tools and resources to develop innovative concepts and products and move discoveries from the lab to the marketplace is an essential component for building tech-based economies. Research parks, a place where innovative ideas are borne, partnerships between university and industry are created, and companies grow and create new jobs, provide a foundation for the kind of economic growth necessary to compete in a global economy. Over the past few months, development plans and groundbreaking announcements from research parks across the nation have been made.

Minnesota Legislature Approves Angel Tax Credits

The Minnesota legislature has passed a 25 percent tax credit for individuals and pooled funds that invest in early-stage high-tech businesses as part of a new jobs bill. Up to $17 million in tax credits will be available in FY11, with $12 million a year available in FY12 and afterward. The credits apply to investments in companies with fewer than 25 employees and less than $2 million in private capital.  Read the complete bill.

Minnesota Gov Wants Tax Credits for Angels and Research

Gov. Tim Pawlenty recently unveiled his 2010 supplemental budget recommendations, which includes new tax incentives to boost job creation and spending cuts across state agencies to help eliminate a projected $1.2 billion deficit. Announced during his State of the State Address earlier this month, the proposed Jobs Creation Bill is a six-part plan with components aimed at stimulating formation of early-stage capital in new emerging businesses and encouraging businesses to invest in R&D.

Tech Talkin' Govs, Part V

The fifth installment of SSTI's Tech Talkin' Govs' series includes excerpts from speeches delivered in Minnesota, New Jersey, and Tennessee. The first four installments are available in the Jan. 13, Jan. 20, Jan. 27, and Feb. 10 Digests.

Tech Talkin' Govs, Part V

Tech Talkin' Govs, Part V
The fifth installment of SSTI's Tech Talkin' Govs' series includes excerpts from speeches delivered in Minnesota, New Jersey, and Tennessee. The first four installments are available in the Jan. 13, Jan. 20, Jan. 27, and Feb. 10 Digests.

Minnesota S&T Leaders Blast State’s Long Hiatus from TBED

“Minnesota faces a crisis of competitiveness.” It didn’t take Minnesota’s leaders long to recognize the state’s precipitous fall in the standings for many major indicators over the past two decades paralleled the state’s prolonged diinvestment from a proactive TBED strategy. The report from the Minnesota S&T Economic Development Project Committee, created by the state legislature just last fall and co-chaired by the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, holds little back in its condemnation of the state’s nearly 20-year abandonment of any significant investments or policies to promote science, technology and innovation. More available at: