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New Research Provides Empirical Support for Relationship-Building to Encourage Innovation Economies
According to Colin Edwards of SSTI, “a recent study sheds new light on the mechanisms and types of interactions that may contribute to the desired outcomes of promoting innovation ecosystems. Specifically, the study evaluates the effectiveness of combining two long-running, potentially complementary programs in encouraging increased engagement among ecosystem groups and individuals.”.

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STEM Perspectives: Attitudes, Opportunities, and Barriers in America’s Workforce
According to AEI, “A strong majority of STEM graduates are satisfied in their jobs, and relatively few regret their major choice. When asked if they would recommend a STEM career to a young person, 95 percent of STEM workers with a STEM degree say yes. At the same time, over half of STEM degree-holders say the phrase “people feel like they are generally replaceable” describes the field very or somewhat well, and over 40 percent say that STEM employers would rather hire new workers than train current ones.”

NJ Senator Kean on Bridging Digital Divide in Education
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean made the following statement in regards to the recently announced plan to help close the “digital divide” in education for the upcoming school year: “In Feburary, with the threat of the coronavirus looming, I pushed the NJDOE to offer guidance to school districts on educating students across New Jersey in a remote learning environment, particularly for those who did not have access to the tools and resources needed to complete their instruction at home.

Manufacturing, Innovation Focus of Many State Career and Technical Education Plans
According to SSTI, “The final wave of state career and technical education (CTE) plans have been approved under the new Perkins V Act, with innovation and workforce taking a front seat in the plans. Perkins V encourages states and territories to expand opportunities for every student to access educational opportunities that will put them on the path to success.

Innovation Impacts of Nation’s Colleges and Universities Examined
A new report released by the George W. Bush Institute has measured the impact that innovation research at U.S. universities and research institutions has had on the country’s economic development. The report, The Innovation Impact of U.S. Universities: Rankings and Policy Conclusions, examines and ranks institutions on four primary impact categories: commercialization, entrepreneurship, research, and teaching.

Experts Examine Challenges Facing Research Universities
According to Ellen Marrison, “In an hours-long virtual workshop that could have covered days, the presidents of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and leaders from government, academia, and publishing explored key questions the research enterprise must address to build a more effective and resilient 21st century research university.”

Five More Innovation Businesses Benefit from NJ Entrepreneur Support Program
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today announced that it has supported $810,000 in investments into five innovation-focused companies in the past month through the New Jersey Entrepreneur Support Program. Since April, a total of nine companies have benefited from 20 investments totaling more than $1.5 million through the program.