Sep 15 2017
8:30 am - 9:45 am
Breakout Sessions C
Choose your own track by selecting one of the breakouts available at this time:
- Addressing High Demand Sectors’ Workforce Needs
Increasing the skills of current and future workers is an important task in growing and maintaining a successful regional innovation cluster. This session will explore how cluster initiative practitioners are working with industry to develop innovative programs to provide the skills needed for in-demand jobs. Additionally, this session will include a discussion on implementing sector partnerships around workforce development through activities such as apprenticeships, credentialing, and other mechanisms.
#Clusters #Collaboration #Workforce
- Insights into the New Federal R&D Portfolio
In the midst of an uncertain political environment, federal agencies continue to make investments in scientific research and transformation that provide critical support to regional innovation economies. Join this conversation on the current direction of these investments and policies related to the federal R&D portfolio.
#Federal #Funding #R&D #TechTransfer
- Launching Funds in Under-Capitalized Regions
Many regions have little or no investment capital readily available, but the fundamentals for a fund may still be present. In the absence of an existing local model, how can a prospective fund pull existing resources together, attract the right staff and launch successfully? This session will feature experienced investment practitioners discussing their efforts, challenges and successes in marshaling this funding.
#101 #Capital #Entrepreneurship #ProgramManagement #Regions #Rural
- Making the Argument for Innovation as a Priority
A federal budget proposal that would slash support for research, innovation and assisting companies. Talking points that undermine science and the scientific method. Tepid (at best) support for higher education. It’s no wonder the innovation community feels under attack. Yet, survey work done by SSTI and passage of statewide ballot issues indicates there is strong popular support for investments in science and technology for economic prosperity. How do we translate that popular support into political support? How do we make the argument for innovation as a priority to audiences ranging from rural legislators to city council members? In this interactive discussion session, we’ll consider what we know about support for our work, what’s worked in making the argument and what we need to do for broader success.
#Collaboration #Impact #ProgramManagement #Rural