On October 2, 2014, members of the core U.S. Cluster Mapping project team demoed the new website to members of SelectUSA, which is the U.S. government program that promotes & facilitates FDI & business investment in the United States.
On September 29, 2014, Professor Mercedes Delgado from Temple University's Fox School of Business and Professor Scott Stern from MIT Sloan School of Management delivered a presentation at Mapping the Midwest's Future, a conference held in Minneapolis and hosted by the University of Minnesota that officially launched the new U.S. Cluster Mapping tool. Their presentation focused on the underlying research and methodology behind cluster mapping, and the relevance of clusters to economic development, resilience from recessions, innovation, and improved regional economic performance.
On September 29, 2014, Professor Michael Porter delivered a keynote speech at Mapping the Midwest's Future, a conference held in Minneapolis and hosted by the University of Minnesota that officially launched the new U.S. Cluster Mapping tool. His presentation focused on U.S. competitiveness and cluster-based economic development, to reshape the approach to economic development in the U.S. based on a deeper understanding of the drivers of competitiveness in the modern global economy.
In keeping with the objectives outlined in its 2012 Technology Innovation Roadmap, EPA aims to encourage technological innovation by supporting the development of clusters focused on environmental technology. This report reviews existing literature on industry clusters by Porter, Smilor, Gibson, Kozmetsky, Phillips, and others to summarize the prerequisites for the successful creation of a technology innovation cluster and promote the practices that will sustain it.
Universities and national labs have the power to drive Illinois’ 21st-century knowledge economy by infusing talent and technology across a spectrum of industries to create new products, companies, and jobs. According to the state’s recently published economic development plan, for every new high-tech position in metro areas, an average of five additional local jobs are created—two in professional fields and three in nonprofessional fields. Given this economic multiplier, fostering research activity within the state is an important priority.
Nearly five years after the Great Recession of 2008, the road to economic recovery has been sluggish nationwide – with employment and economic activity still below levels recorded before the severe recession hit. Of particular concern is that the growth in Maine, along with that of the rest of New England, continues to lag behind even the sluggish growth of the overall U.S. recovery.
The state of Illinois is uniquely positioned as a Midwestern, national and global leader in science and technology research and development. Discover the breadth of Illinois’ innovation assets and resources by taking a tour of the Illinois Innovation Ecosystem presentation below.
The Illinois Innovation Network was established by Governor Pat Quinn in 2011 as a common platform to connect startups, innovation-driven enterprises, service providers, research and academic institutions, and community leaders to position Illinois as one of the world’s top innovation centers.
Since their inception in the 1940s, the Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories have been in the vanguard of America’s global research and development leadership. However, the national innovation system has changed in the past 70 years. Today, much technology development and application occurs in the context of synergistic regional clusters of firms, trade associations, educational institutions, private labs, and regional economic development organizations.
In 2013–14, Harvard Business School (HBS) conducted its third alumni survey on U.S. competitiveness. Our report on the findings focuses on a troubling divergence in the American economy: large and midsize firms have rallied strongly from the Great Recession, and highly skilled individuals are prospering. But middle and working-class citizens are struggling, as are small businesses. We argue that such a divergence is unsustainable, explore its root causes, and examine actions that might mitigate it. We ask in particular, how can we create a U.S.
The ability of small businesses to drive innovation is critical to U.S. competitiveness. In recognition of the invaluable role small businesses play in the United States innovation ecosystem, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) launched the Regional Innovation Cluster (RIC) Initiative in September 2010. This initiative promotes and supports industry clusters—geographically concentrated groups of interconnected businesses, suppliers, service providers, and related institutions in a particular industry or field—that have been associated with increased regional economic growth.