Passing an early stage capital bill to spur company growth, building a better-trained workforce, improving broadband and high-speed computing networks, and focusing on sectors most likely to produce jobs are major themes of the Wisconsin Technology Council’s 2012-2013 “White Papers” report.
The Tech Council is the bipartisan, nonprofit science and technology policy adviser to the governor and the Legislature, and a catalyst for tech-based development in Wisconsin. The Tech Council periodically issues “white papers” and special reports to assist those policymakers.
“The ideas offered in the Tech Council’s 2012-13 white papers are intended to set the table for a renewed public discussion about improving the state’s tech-based economy,” said Mark Bugher, chairman of the Tech Council. “As the state weighs its budget priorities for the next biennium, policymakers deserve to hear ideas our board can offer for transforming Wisconsin’s economy.”
The 2012-13 report, titled, “The Future is Now: Four Strategies for Wisconsin’s High-growth Eeconomy,” includes four broad recommendations:
(1) Increasing access to capital for Wisconsin entrepreneurs.
(2) Improve technology development, delivery and transfer.
(3) Build Wisconsin’s supply of human capital.
(4) Enhance Wisconsin’s startup and business climate.
“Our board is made up of people who understand Wisconsin’s tech economy from a variety of angles – as company founders and executives, researchers, investors, educators and service professionals who work with emerging companies every day,” said Tom Still, president of the Tech Council. “Their ideas, along with those contributed by our members across the state, form the foundation for this report.”
To read the white paper, click here.