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Field Notes: Fostering Innovation at Texas Universities

Earlier this year, the Texas Higher Education Foundation engaged TIP and Research Bridge Partners to bring a cross-section of stakeholders together and create a statewide plan focused on technology transfer, commercialization, and innovation. We invited the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Senior Director for Strategic Initiatives and Engagement, Jaclyn Le, to talk about the strategic planning process underway.

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Building a Vibrant Innovation Ecosystem in Greater Green Bay

Greater Green Bay’s innovation ecosystem has undergone a remarkable transformation since 2015. TIP’s multiple strategic planning projects in the region have allowed the team to witness this phenomenon firsthand. In this piece, VP of business development, John Karras, shares his thoughts on the characteristics that support the region’s dynamic startup and entrepreneurial environment.

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Triptychs: Driving Innovation and Sustainability in the Blue Economy

Projected to generate $3 trillion over the next decade, the global blue economy presents vast economic potential. Sustainable practices are crucial to ensuring the long-term health of the ocean ecosystems, coastal communities, and water-related sectors. This blog post explores three innovative North American regions that successfully balance resilience and economic growth.

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2023 CNU Conference: Takeaways & Trends

In early June, Jenn Todd-Goynes attended CNU31 in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a member of the Congress for New Urbanism, Jenn is passionate about the role of the built environment and about creating people-centered places. In her recent blog post, she discusses two themes from the conference that have broad implications for community and economic developers.

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Triptychs: Registered Apprenticeships Help Prepare Texas’s Next Generation of Workers

Texas has more than 650 registered apprenticeship programs in a wide range of industries including construction, manufacturing, health care, information technology, energy, transportation, and education. As part of our Triptychs series, we feature three registered apprenticeship programs in the state that have had success preparing the next generation of workers.

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Triptychs: Investing in Early Childhood Education to Support More Equitable Workforce Growth

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the critical role of childcare in improving access to quality jobs and promoting economic mobility. Targeting incentives to address childcare shortages, upskilling existing early childhood educators, and helping providers expand their offerings are three strategies for expanding the supply of quality childcare.

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What is a CEDS, and Why Does it Matter?

The comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) is a cornerstone of the US Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) grant program. TIP’s four-part series will dive into topics related to creating a successful CEDS, including EDA requirements, community engagement, equity, and resiliency. The first installment examines the CEDS as an important tool for helping communities prioritize economic development opportunities.

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