STEP’s project on State and Regional Innovation Initiatives is intended to generate a better understanding of the challenges associated with the transition of research into products, the practices associated with successful state and regional programs, and their interaction with federal programs and private initiatives. The study seeks to achieve this goal through a series of complementary assessments of state, regional, and federal initiatives; analyses of specific industries and technologies from the perspective of crafting supportive public policy at all three levels; and outreach to multiple stakeholders. The overall goal is to improve the operation of state and regional programs and, collectively, enhance their impact.


The symposium reported in this volume convened state officials and staff, business leaders, and leading national figures in early-stage finance, technology, engineering, education, and state and federal policies to review challenges, plans, and opportunities for innovation-led growth in Hawaii. The symposium included an assessment of Hawaii’s natural, industrial, and human resources; identification of key sectors and issues; and a discussion of how the state might leverage national programs to support its economic development goals.

This summary includes an introduction that highlights key issues raised at the meeting and a summary of the meeting’s presentations. This workshop summary has been prepared by the workshop rapporteur as a factual summary of what occurred at the workshop. The planning committee’s role was limited to planning and convening the workshop. The statements made are those of the rapporteur or individual workshop participants and do not necessarily represent the views of all workshop participants, the planning committee, or the National Academies.


On behalf of the National Academies, we express our appreciation and recognition for the insights, experiences, and perspectives made available by the participants in this meeting. We are especially indebted to M.R.C. Greenwood, President of the University of Hawaii, for her leadership in organizing the event, identifying topics, and generating interest across a broad spectrum of participants. We are also grateful to Alan Anderson for preparing the draft introduction and summarizing the proceedings of the meeting and to Sujai Shivakumar and David Dierksheide of the STEP staff for preparing the report manuscript for publication.


We are grateful to our project and event sponsors and extend particular recognition to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Department of Energy, the Economic Development Administration, the National Cancer

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