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Innovation Heat Map
Marich Mark
3/16/2009
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Analysts at McKinsey and Co. have recently created a very cool look at the world of innovation. Their innovation "heat map," developed in conjunction with the World Economic Forum, maps the world's leading industrial clusters according to key factors such as size, diversity, and growth....

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Innovation in Manufacturing
Marich Mark
3/23/2009
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A new Boston Consulting Group study examines how American manufacturers view innovation. Not surprisingly, they recognize that innovation is a key to future success, but they are not happy with their own firms’ performance. Only 43 percent of surveyed executives are happy with the return...

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Innovation in the States: Arizona
Marich Mark
3/9/2009
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In 2006, a host of Arizona-based business groups helped create the Science Foundation Arizona (SFAZ), as a statewide effort to diversify Arizona's economy by promoting science and technology. What seemed like a good idea in 2006 has become a harder sell in the face of...

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Innovation in the States: Washington
Marich Mark
3/9/2009
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Washington, home to Microsoft, Amazon and numerous other technology firms, has always had a strong foundation for innovation and entrepreneurship. Yet, like most areas of the country, Washington now faces a severe economic crisis and can no longer continue with business as usual.A new study...

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Measuring Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Marich Mark
3/2/2009
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As part of an effort to address limitations to both the collection and monitoring of data on entrepreneurship and innovation, the Kauffman Foundation organized yet another Data Symposium. The 2008 Data Symposium took place last November in Washington DC and brought together more than 180...

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New Programs to Support Small Business Lending
Marich Mark
3/23/2009
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The Obama Administration seems to be warming up to an important fact: entrepreneurs will be the real drivers of new job creation and economic recovery.  The latest evidence comes from last Monday’s White House announcement of a series of measures to help address the credit...

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Next PDE Briefing to Address Immigration & Innovation
Marich Mark
3/22/2009
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The next PDE briefing on Capitol Hill will look at the much-discussed and debated issue of what to do about foreign talent as we try to jumpstart the economy. Innovation, Immigration & the Knowledge Economy is scheduled for Monday, April 6 from 11:15 am -...

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Nordic Innovation Monitor
Marich Mark
3/16/2009
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Over the past decade, the Nordic nations have emerged with some of the world’s most innovative and competitive economies. According to the Nordic Council of Ministers’ latest Nordic Innovation Monitor, the current economic crisis may offer an opportunity to help accelerate innovation in the region.Clearly,...

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Patent Reform Debates Gear Up
Marich Mark
3/16/2009
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Congress has been grappling with patent reform for nearly a decade.  Several reform bills have passed in past Congresses, but none have made it into law.  A new series of debates is set to begin anew in the 111th Congress.  Last week, the leadership of...

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Proposed SBA Budget Focus of Hearing
Marich Mark
3/26/2009
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PDE staff were on hand yesterday to cover the fairly routine Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee hearing on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2010 for the Small Business Administration. Our report follows:Over the last eight years the agency has seen a 28 percent...

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