We recently completed a project for the Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation that updated our work from 1999 that led to Kentucky’s first science, innovation and technology plan. Not much has changed in technology since 1999 except maybe Facebook, Twitter, phones that are computers, GPSs and video cameras, nano-textiles, artificial livers and hearts, the iPod, hybrid cars, YouTube, drones, personal genome maps, 3-d printers and much better golf clubs. (more…)
Archive for the ‘Innovation’ Category
The America COMPETES project of the US Commerce Department focuses on how we can out innovate, out educate, out connect, out produce and out empower the rest of the global economy. The project is a two year effort with an impressive advisory board. It culminated in the final report “The Competitiveness and Innovative Capacity of the United States” delivered today to Congress. You can download the full report or go to the main website to see videos or investigate the various elements of the effort.
The Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce just released a report on the role of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in the future workforce. They find that STEM jobs will be the second fastest growing occupational category after health care. The reports, state-level data and a webinar are available at their website.
While the report focuses mostly on the 4-year and graduate degrees our research and discussions with companies also finds that STEM skills are increasingly needed for those in manufacturing production occupations that do not require a 4-year degree. Manufacturers consistently describe the need for STEM backgrounds in the increasingly high-tech environment of modern manufacturing, whether in reading blueprints, working in production teams or solving problems within the production process.
A proposed policy response is to push the STEM focus further down into the k-12 system with geometry and algebra introduced in general middle school classes.
Chris Beacham, RTS Director of Economic Development Programs, was asked by the North Carolina Technology Association to present to their Annual Leadership Conference on the topic: Dare to Compare: How Does North Carolina Stack Up? Chris presented an overview of the dramatic change of North Carolina from a state built on traditional manufacturing to one based on knowledge and technology. But in the constant battle for economic success, how does North Carolina compare to other states on policy, workforce, venture capital, entrepreneurship and other factors in building a strong technology-driven economy? The presentation details the data that shows the state as strong in many areas like R&D and presence of scientists and engineers while lagging in areas like citizen’s access to computers and Internet access. (more…)
In 1999 RTS developed Kentucky’s very first Science & Technology (S&E) plan. The strategies focused on People, Enterprise Development, Technological Infrastructure and Modern Manufacturing. A series of strategies were designed and most implemented to build a stronger S&E economy. A bit more than a decade later, RTS has been asked to look back at the initial plan and develop a new, 21st century plan that takes into account the vast changes we’ve seen in technology and the world economy. We are working with the Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation and its partners to both evaluate the past investments that have been made and recommend modifications and new strategies that reflect the new reality.