Secretary Locke Visits Research Triangle for Public Forum on Innovation, Entrpreneurship and Education
U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke was joined by North Carolina
Governor Beverly Perdue at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
today to participate in the first town hall-style public forum of the National
Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) and discuss the
importance of education to U.S. competitiveness. Today's press release
At the meeting, NACIE subcommittees presented updates to Locke and the full Council on their work developing recommendations on how to better incentivize innovation and entrepreneurship to help America win the future by out-innovating, out-educating and out-building our economic competitors.
Incorporating a wide range of stakeholder input, reports included initiatives to develop new cross-college, cross-disciplinary educational programs that connect business with science, math, technology and engineering fields and extend these programs to young people in underserved and low-income areas by involving community colleges in consortia for training and mentoring in innovation and entrepreneurial activities.