In this first year, the SVCIP finds that highly productive, talented workers are the undisputed foundation of the region’s strength in innovation and in attracting businesses, despite the region’s high costs. It then identifies the critical public policy issues that need to be addressed to develop, attract and retain talent for the region’s continued success. Those issues include immigration, STEM and early education, housing and transportation. R&D funding, tax policies and the cost of doing business also emerge as issues of strategic concern for the region.
To successfully compete, we must emulate what other states and nations are doing to attract high-skill, high-wage, high-tech and manufacturing jobs that ultimately help create more jobs across many manufacturing jobs that ultimately help create more jobs across many sectors. And, we must enact a series of game changers that will help make our state a leading economic engine once again.