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PA creating Innovation Economy Dashboard

August 26, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) in partnership with a student team at Carnegie Mellon University has developed a new Innovation Economy Dashboard that is intended to help inform policymaking decisions based on reliable data. The dashboard and an accompanying report on Pennsylvania’s Innovation Economy originated from Gov. Tom Wolf’s January 2020 proposal to spur innovation across the state, focusing on the entrepreneurial ecosystem and growing tech sectors.

The dashboard, includes metrics that focus on translating new ideas into jobs, developing and maintaining a talented workforce, and connecting workers to jobs. The recommendations outlined in the report are characterized as “ideas worth exploring,” and include establishing an Innovation Advisory Working Group; collaborating with colleges and universities to recruit students to emerging industries in the state; considering a talent attraction scheme that targets new remote workers; funding a program to help startups secure their first customers; and more. The full report is available here.