Numerous studies, including our most recent study, “Oregon Power Engineering Education Project: Filling the Workforce Pipeline Gaps” have identified a need for greater investment in technology workforce. The Pew Charitable Trust, in its study entitled “Innovation America,” made the following recommendations to states that want to invest in upgrading their technology workforce:
- Develop a statewide research and innovation strategy that not only puts in place all the components for innovation, but aligns them in ways that provide advantages to in-state companies;
- Make investments to gain talent, build top-notch research enterprises and compete for Federal dollars in those focused areas where the state can be world-class;
- Encourage, even mandate, collaboration among universities, the private sector and other institutions;
- Put world-class professionals, not political pals, in key positions;
- Create an organization and consistent funding source that facilitates a continuity in R&D partnering and spending; and
- Hold the recipients of public investments accountable for delivering on promised benefits.