This approach, he suggested, should be part of a broader range of efforts, many of which were on the symposium agenda. In light of that recommendation, he described the meeting as “a key part of STEP’s work on best practices in state and regional innovation policies.” He said that the objectives of the symposium were to:

  • Highlight the role of clusters in promoting economic growth.
  • Examine the government’s role in stimulating clusters.
  • Explore the role of universities and foundations in developing clusters.
  • Learn of specific strategies in place around the country.
  • Identify institutions and programs that can be leveraged to grow and sustain clusters.

He concluded by thanking the sponsors of the symposium: the Heinz Endowments, the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), the U.S. Department of Energy, the Economic Development Administration (EDA), Acciona Energy, and SkyFuel.

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