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Elements of Competition

STEM education

World-class workforce

Highest performance computing & communications

Regional economic development initiatives

Most frenzied pace of innovation

Low taxes on capital

World-class infrastructure

Entrepreneurial attitude

Aggressive implementation and enforcement of IP

Inter-institutional partnering

Rules that attract high knowledge/high skill immigrants

Inspirational leadership

Motivation/national will

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Means for the World of Tech Transfer to Impact Competition

Accelerate commercial applications of innovation

Accelerate insertion of technologies for national purpose

Obtain, monitor and enforce strong IP

Increase educational partnerships

Foster interorganizational partnerships

Team with local and state economic development organizations

License technology first choice to U.S. companies

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Concepts for Increasing Competitiveness

Encourage massive improvements in infrastructure, including energy

Redesign and redevelop cities and towns for efficiency and quality of life

Leverage government’s physical assets via partnering with the private sector

Challenge educational programs to upgrade

Create a new transportation system that eliminates congestion

More substantially reward knowledge-based jobs

Develop and promote an international unit of monetary exchange that incorporates safety, environmental and health costs related to transactions, thereby leveling the competitive field in these areas

Track and score individual trade transactions, rewarding those that result in a favorable balance of financial benefit

Develop a jobs program for old guys that still want to contribute

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Competitiveness Index 2006
For the past 20 years, the Council on Competitiveness has analyzed the foundations of America’s economic strength and offered policy suggestions to improve our ability to compete in global markets, drive economic growth and raise the standard of living for all Americans.  Each year, the Council develops the Competitiveness Index to provide a quantitative comparison of the U.S. vs. other countries.  This year, the index is released in November.

AAAS Research Competitiveness Program

The AAAS Research Competitiveness Program (RCP) draws upon the resources of the American science and engineering community to assist universities, government agencies, research consortia, and other institutions in planning, reviewing or evaluating programs and initiatives in research, development, and innovation.

Benchmarking Competitiveness Data Central

Understanding competitiveness requires continual assessment of economic data and trends from around the world. Since its creation, the Council has remained a leader in producing definitive studies of the U.S. competitive position, benchmarking efforts that identify key weaknesses and strengths in the U.S. economy. Data Central provides up-to-date economic data on important competitiveness issues, highlighting economic strengths and vulnerabilities.

Accelerating Innovation Foundation

The mission of the Accelerating Innovation Foundation is to utilize the mid-Atlantic region's innovation ecosystem of industry, academe, government, and not-for-profits to promote business growth and economic expansion; to aid in the development of new generations of scientists and engineers; and to foster development of 21st century jobs throughout the region. The mission is realized through supporting leadership and educational forums, outreach programs, and pilot projects beginning at the grassroots level that catalyze innovation on a community-specific basis throughout the region.

Council on Competitiveness

After nearly two decades, the Council continues to be guided by this mission: to set an action agenda that drives economic growth and raises the standard of living for all Americans.

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IEEE Positions on Competitiveness

Enhancing Productivity Growth in the Information Age
National Research Council, National Academies Press, Washington, DC, 2007

Advisory Committee to Measure Business Innovation
Department of Commerce, 2007
This is a two-year, high-level initiative whose purpose is to seek ways to measure the effects of innovation on the economy.  For the purpose of this study, innovation is defined thus:
“Business innovation is the development and implementation of new or altered products, services, processes, systems, organizational structures, or business models for the purpose of creating new value for customers and financial returns for the firm.”


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