Blogs & Op-eds

Manufacturing Innovation is Key to Boosting Growth

April 15, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

The Senate Commerce Committee took an important step towards boosting manufacturing competitiveness and innovation last week with the mark-up of the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (RAMI). The bipartisan bill, cosponsored by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), would create the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), which would be comprised of up to 15 public-private, manufacturing innovation hubs. These centers would accelerate manufacturing innovation in technologies with commercial applications by bridging the gap between basic research performed at U.S. universities and research laboratories and product development by U.S. manufacturers.

Big Data Can be a Big Help to City

April 14, 2014
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Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg helped transform New York into one of the most innovative cities in the nation, using data to reduce fire fatalities, enhance relief efforts following Hurricane Sandy and find the source of sewer back-ups, among other examples. Mayor Bill de Blasio can build on this legacy to boost economic growth, public safety and education, improving the lives of all New Yorkers. 

Reuters (Predictably) Gets It Wrong. Again

April 10, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

One of the reasons the “controversy” over crops improved through biotechnology persists, is because it is manufactured and sustained by a well-organized, ongoing campaign, funded and sustained by vested interests. This astroturf campaign is fueled by credulous and disengaged journalists who recycle their press releases, and allow those biases to bleed over into other coverage.

Investment in Medical Innovation Produces Immense Value for Patients, Economies

April 10, 2014
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The U.S. has already made great strides in the field of medical innovation. Maintaining our focus and investment in this field is a critical necessity in order for patients, economies and societies the world over to reap the benefits of future discoveries.

Innovation Economics and the Future of American Competitiveness

April 8, 2014
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Today, nations compete fiercely to grow and attract the highest-value-added economic activity, the high-wage, knowledge-intensive manufacturing, research, software, information technology (IT), and services jobs that power today’s global, innovation-based economy. Unless the United States develops a comprehensive innovation strategy designed to spur development in these knowledge-based industries we risk further economic stagnation and job loss.

America Needs Corporate Tax Reform

April 3, 2014
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Corporations have more choices today about how to structure their organizations and finances, where to locate their headquarters and operations and how to send profits to shareholders. All of this will make tax collection more difficult. Other countries are competing for this high-value-added production and jobs by lowering their corporate tax rates. The United States must follow suit.

What Manufacturing Renaissance?

April 3, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Contrary to growing popular opinion, manufacturing is not on the rebound and new policies are required to address the challenges the sector faces. This includes lowering corporate taxes and establishing a robust innovation ecosystem that can promote new product development, enhance productivity and improve global competitiveness. 

Characterizing Energy Access, Climate Change, and Innovation

March 27, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

The environment and development communities are squared off in a fight about the Overseas Private Investment Corporation’s role in increasing global energy access over renewables vs. natural gas. But what both parties are missing is the importance of developing and supporting a robust global energy innovation ecosystem that can lead to breakthroughs that will make clean energy cheap everywhere. 

Millennials Re-Envisioning Environmentalism and Climate Policy

March 27, 2014
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On the Chelsea Krost Radio Show blog, CCEI Executive Director Matthew Stepp argues the old-guard of the environmental community is out of touch with the tools and innovation-driven approach of the emerging Millennial generation. For big policy issues like mitigating climate change, this could represent a transformation in not only how we cut carbon, but in Washington works itself.

Government Funded Networks: What (Little) We Learn from Recent Reports

March 27, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

A recent report from the Government Accountability Office examines the way small businesses use ten different federally subsidized or municipally run networks. Unfortunately, it is difficult to draw any general conclusions from the report, as it draws on only a handful of interviews with users of a select few networks – a limitation the report itself acknowledges. 

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