State Technology and Science Index 2016: Sustaining Americas Innovation Economy
As the Great Recession recedes in our rearview mirrors, it is becoming ever more apparent that innovative activities are determining an increasing proportion of the long-term economic growth of cities, metropolitan areas, regions, states, and even nations.
The State Technology and Science Index (STSI) endeavors to benchmark states on their science and technology capabilities and broader commercialization ecosystems that contribute to company growth, high-value-added job creation, and overall economic growth. We view the STSI as a measure of a state’s innovation pipeline. The index isn’t intended to be a measure of immediate economic impact, but rather to demonstrate that the return on science and technology assets will accrue in future years. Along with deep human capital, individuals who recognize entrepreneurial opportunity and have the knowledge and skills to develop it are among the strongest assets a geographical area can have in today’s innovation-based economy.