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New Benchmarking Reports: Cyberstates and Rich States, Poor States
Two new national economic benchmarking reports were recently released.The annual Cyberstates study, produced now by TechAmerica, examines national and state trends in technology industry (primarily information technology-related sectors) employment and growth. Despite glum economic news, the technology industry had a pretty good year in 2008,... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 10, 2009
Category:  General 
New Approaches to Measuring Innovation
Last year’s report from the Department of Commerce’s Advisory Committee on Measuring Innovation (chaired by the Kauffman Foundation's Carl Schramm) has stimulated a lot of additional research on the thorny issues of how best to track innovation at the business, community, region, and national levels.... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 10, 2009
Category:  General 
Going High-Tech in West Virginia
Business and political leaders in West Virginia are getting serious about nurturing technology and innovation in the Mountain State. TechConnect West Virginia, the state’s advocate for technology-based economic development, has unveiled a new blueprint for strengthening the state's technology sector. West Virginia’s economy has traditionally... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 10, 2009
Category:  General 
Grow the Economy... Support Entrepreneurs
New firms create more jobs--if they survive--than older, established firms. That's a pretty important message with the national unemployment rate at 8.5% and on the rise for six consecutive months. That translates to 13.2 million people out of work (according to seasonally adjusted figures released... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 08, 2009
Category:  General 
House Republican Budget Plan
For several weeks, Republicans in the US House of Representatives have been soundly criticizing President Obama’s proposed FY2010 budget as fiscally irresponsible. But, without a detailed budget plan of their own, Republicans were unable to present a comprehensive alternative. Last week, House Republicans unveiled their... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 06, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Bloggers Say Innovation & Entrepreneurs Key to Job Creation
What happens when you put a bunch of economics bloggers in the same room? A significant amount of discussion about speeding up the economic recovery process. Led by Growthology’s Tim Kane, a senior fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, some of the country’s leading... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 06, 2009
Category:  General 
How to Revive Health Care Innovation
The Obama economic recovery plan includes significant funds to help spur innovations, such as electronic health records, in the health care industry. Program managers in Washington would be well-advised to check out a new book, The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care, from... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 06, 2009
Category:  Health Care 
The Promise and Perils of Self-Employment
While recent booms in entrepreneurship and self-employment have generated many benefits for the American economy, these trends are not necessarily a “free lunch” according to a new article in City Journal, a publication of the Manhattan Institute. Patterns of self-employment have changed in recent years.... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 06, 2009
Category:  General 
Entrepreneurship in Education
Last week, I argued in favor more high-skilled immigration to bringadditional entrepreneurial talent into the country for the near future.Today, I want to focus on an urgent policy issue that needs to beaddressed to produce results over the long-run. Improvements ineducation are essential to equipping... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on April 06, 2009
Category:  Education 
E=R... Canadian-style
I saw this tweet yesterday afternoon from @unleashingideas: "...long term, economic growth will be generated from private sector, innovation and entrepreneurship..." PM Harper That's an awful big message to pack into 140 characters or less. It refers to a recent interview that Canadian Prime Minister... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 02, 2009
Category:  Global 

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