Research and Commercialization

Goal: By 2020, West Virginia ranks among the top 25% of the U.S. in the percentage of its workforce employed in private sector, high-tech industries.

Committee chairman: Russ Lorince

Start-up Activities

  • Coordinate Vision Shared Activities with TechConnect, Create WV and other organizations.
  • Review the Blueprint for Technology-Based Economic Development in West Virginia.
  • In addition to the Blueprint for, review what has been accomplished in this area.

Action Steps for the Remainder of Year 1

  • Review best policy options and develop an advocacy agenda with TechConnect.
  • Sell the TechConnect Blueprint and Vision Shared advocacy agenda for commercialization.

Action Steps for Years 2-3

  • Sell the Blueprint even more as state entities learn to compete for federal money in a post-earmark environment.
  • Get the State of West Virginia to invest in the “Innovation Economy.”
  • Examine whether the Vision Shared goal has the correct metric attached to it.

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