Guest blog post by Matthew S. Erskine, U.S. Deputy
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic DevelopmentToday,
I had the pleasure of joining U.S. Congressman Nick Rahall at Concord
University in Athens, West Virginia to formally announce a major EDA investment
to create a new EDA
University Center in Southern West Virginia. Following the announcement,
Congressman Rahall and I engaged in a roundtable discussion with regional
businesses leaders to discuss strategies to foster local growth and increase
Rahall was instrumental in helping Marshall
University, Concord University, and the Robert C. Bird Institute for Advanced
Flexible Manufacturing partner and apply to join the U.S. Department of
Commerce Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) University Center program
– a competitive initiative that awards grants to universities across the
country to help makes the resources of these institutions available to the
economic development community.
Rahall said, “Placing faith and funding in American higher education is nothing
new. In fact, it has a proven track record that continues to be the envy
of the world. Not only did our land grant colleges and universities usher
in the greatest agricultural economy the world has ever known, the first G.I.
Bill equipped the greatest generation with the tools that crafted the world’s
largest economy. Our training grounds,
workshops, research, and product development revolve around an alliance of
business, industry and universities.”
Guest blog post by John Fernandez, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic DevelopmentLike
President Obama, the top priority of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s new
Secretary John Bryson is jobs. Advancing innovative economies is key to achieving
sustainable job creation.
traveled to Columbus, Ohio to address innovators, technology business leaders
and economic development professionals to discuss ways to accelerate America’s innovation
economy to create good jobs and increase our global competitiveness.
I was joined by my colleagues Phil
Singerman, Associate Director for Innovation and Industry Services at the National
Institute of Standards and Technology and Sean Greene, Associate Administrator for
Investment and Special Adviser for Innovation at the Small Business
Administration at a conference hosted by State
Science & Technology Institute (SSTI) – an organization that seeks to
improve the economy through science and technology. We discussed how under President Obama’s
leadership federal agencies are making the smart investments needed to promote
American innovation and support entrepreneurship and small business
I'm still digesting exactly what this means for health care policy, but if the
growth in health care costs is being "driven by the number of treated enrollees
as opposed to the cost of treatment," is that a problem?:
Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank delivered remarks to a full house and participated in a panel discussion at San Jose State University on driving U.S. innovation to create jobs. The panel was moderated by Carl Guardino, President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. Blank was joined by Dr. Pat Kennedy, CEO of OSISoft, Eric Kelly, President and CEO of Overland Storage and Dr. Mohammad Qayoumi, President of San Jose State University.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke was joined by North Carolina
Governor Beverly Perdue at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
today to participate in the first town hall-style public forum of the National
Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) and discuss the
importance of education to U.S. competitiveness.
At the meeting, NACIE subcommittees presented updates to Locke and the full
Council on their work developing recommendations on how to better incentivize
innovation and entrpreneurship to help America win the future by
out-innovating, out-educating and out-building our economic competitors.
Incorporating a wide range of stakeholder input, reports included initiatives
to develop new cross-college, cross-disciplinary educational programs that
connect business with science, math, technology and engineering fields and
extend these programs to young people in underserved and low-income areas by
involving community colleges in consortia for training and mentoring in
innovation and entrepreneurial activities.
This week the U.S.
Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced
$4.4 million grant to the College of Southern Idaho (CSI) in Twin Falls to help
build an Applied Technology and Innovation Center that will provide training for local technicians in wind, solar,
hydro and geothermal energy; green construction; and the biofuel industry.