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Reports on Trends in TBED
Trends in Technology-Based Economic Development: Local, State and Federal Action in 2012
Unlike 2011's slate of sweeping new proposals and initiatives to reorganize economic development activities brought on by more than two dozen new governors in office, 2012 witnessed changes to state and regional tech-based initiatives on a smaller scale with states making more strategic investments. This pattern of heightened activity in the first year of a new gubernatorial administration with fewer proposals in the second year is typical, particularly in the 20 states with biennial budgets.
Tech-Based Economic Development and the States: Legislative Action in 2011
Even as states struggled to regain fiscal solvency from the economic downturn, 2011 was an active year for legislative activity focused on tech-based economic development (TBED). A wave of new governors elected in 2010 ushered in the reorganization of economic development activities and bold proposals supporting economic growth.
Industries and Occupations for NAICS Industry Data
Defining "high technology" and identifying industries that fit within that classification has been a difficult task and loaded with political implications. Complicating matters is that a strictly data-driven definition developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics using the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system has not been translated into the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). This issue brief prepared by the Center for Economic Development at Carnegie Mellon University and SSTI offers a new approach to identifying technology industries through NAICS. Industries are identified either as Technology Employers, those whose employment of technology occupations exceeds by three times the national average, or Technology Generators, those where R&D expenditures per employee and/or the proportion of full-time equivalent R&D scientists and engineers in the workforce exceed the national average. (Center for Economic Development and SSTI, 2004).
State Science and Technology Strategic Planning: Creating Economic Opportunity provides the the first comprehensive study of state science and technology strategic planning processes. (SSTI, 1997)
State Funding for Cooperative Technology Programs presents the trends in the level of state funding as well as the sources of funds for cooperative technology programs for all 50 states. (SSTI, 1996)
State Research and Development Tax Incentives identifies tax incentives offered in 1996 by individual states, describes various models, and explores the use and cost of such incentives. (SSTI, 1997)
Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation profiles the state-sponsored venture capital company, which was founded in 1978 and has been self-sufficient since 1988. The brief looks at reasons for MTDC's success and lessons learned over the organization's 22-year history. (SSTI, 2000)
California's Regional Technology Alliances looks at how the Regional Technology Alliances (RTA), which were initially designed to provide matching funds for California projects applying for funding from the Technology Reinvestment Project, have developed into organizations that support a range of technology assistance programs. (SSTI, 1998)
Kansas' Commercialization Centers profiles the commercialization corporations use of their entrepreneurial, financial, and research capabilities to assist start-up, technology-based companies and to transfer new technologies to the market place. (SSTI, 1998)
Maryland's Investment Financing Programs examines three state-supported investment vehicles that provide financing for technology-based businesses: the Challenge Investment Program, the Enterprise Investment Fund, and the Maryland Venture Capital Trust. (SSTI, 1998)
Technology Transfer and Commercialization Partnerships highlights 10 colleges, universities and community colleges that are emerging as significant contributors to their regional economy through tech transfer activities. The list includes institutions that are maximizing the impact of their research investment and entrepreneurial programs despite their small size, geographic isolation, or limited R&D budget. (Innovation Associates, 2007)