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ITIF welcomes Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., as its new honorary co-chairman

For Immediate Release July 9, 2010

For More Information: Steve Norton (202) 626-5758 snorton@itif.org

WASHINGTON – The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) welcomed Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., as its new honorary co-chairman in June.

“Ron Kind understands that America’s economic future is tied to its capacity to innovate.  He is a leading voice in Congress for investing in key technologies and in our workers so we can thrive amid growing global competition,” said Dr. Robert D. Atkinson, president and founder of ITIF.  “I look forward to his insights and contributions as we work together to shape smart economic policy.”

Kind has represented Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional District since 1996.  He is a member of the House Committees on Ways and Means and Resources and co-chairs the New Democrat Coalition, a centrist group of lawmakers providing leadership on technology and innovation issues.  Kind co-chairs the Coalition’s Task Force on Innovation and Competitiveness.  In that capacity, he has helped create an innovation agenda that focuses on math and science education, supports manufacturing and clean energy.  He is also a strong backer of America COMPETES Reauthorization Act, which aims to strengthen U.S. scientific and economic leadership, and enhance opportunities for employers to create jobs through investments in science, innovation, and education.  He is a graduate of Harvard University and earned a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and a Law Degree from the University of Minnesota.

“Rob Atkinson is one of the intellectual godfathers of those who care about revitalizing American innovation and economic leadership,” said Kind.  “There are no think tanks in Washington providing such authoritative research and innovative thinking on issues so central to America’s long term competitiveness and prosperity.  I am proud to be affiliated with ITIF.”

Kind will fill the position held by Rep. Artur Davis, D-Ala., who is leaving Congress.  He will join Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Mark Warner, D-Va., as an honorary co-chairman of ITIF.

ITIF is a cutting-edge economic policy think tank based in Washington, DC.  ITIF focuses on the roles innovation and technology play in our economic well being and quality of life.  Non-partisan and non-profit, ITIF is 501(C)3 organization.