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Tech Talkin’ Govs: HI, MT Govs Address Innovation Infrastructure, Apprenticeships

January 29, 2015

SSTI's Tech Talkin' Govs series has returned as governors across the country formally convene the 2015 legislative sessions. The series highlights new and expanded TBED proposals from governors' State of the State, Budget and Inaugural addresses.

The fourth installment of this year’s series includes excerpts from speeches delivered in Hawaii and Montana. Read the first, second  and third installments of this year’s series.

Gov. David Y. Ige, State of the State, Jan. 26, 2014
“…We need to nurture an “innovation economy,” in which entrepreneurs use technology to develop new processes and products from existing ones, like smart phone makers who have taken their products far beyond the original concept of a mobile phone and created entire new markets.

“It’s a whole new economic paradigm which we need to support with modern infrastructure, whether it’s expanding our broadband network or building innovation parks. That’s why we are providing $10 million for the HI Growth initiative to support innovation.”

Gov. Steve Bullock, The State of Our State, Jan. 28, 2015
“… By placing workers at businesses that want to help train them, we’ve built a foundation for a program that we all should want to grow.

“But without a qualifying employer –like ADF or Wheatland Memorial Hospital in Harlowton – there can be no program. That’s why I’m teaming  up with Rep. Christy Clark to offer our partners in the private sector up to a  $4,000 tax credit for every apprentice they hire. We will encourage employers to train more workers on-the-job. And we will ensure Montana continues to have a pipeline of skilled workers, from healthcare to welding, ready to lead our state in today’s global economy. …”

“… I ask that you join me in nurturing the cutting edge research that combines Montana innovation with our can-do spirit – both in traditional industries like agriculture and manufacturing, and in emerging fields like photonics and bioscience. Help build these jobs of tomorrow by investing state dollars in the research being done today, on our campuses and in our businesses.

“The goal isn’t creating Nobel Prizes – though we’ll take them if they come. The goal is creating jobs, and research is a proven job creator.”


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