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Secretary Locke Hosts First Meeting of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Secretary Locke Seated at Table Addressing Members of CouncilSecretary Gary Locke today hosted the first meeting of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Commerce Department. The Council advises Locke and the administration on key innovation and entrepreneurship issues and supports President Obama's innovation strategy by helping to develop policies that foster entrepreneurship and identify new ways to take great ideas from the lab to the marketplace to drive economic growth and job creation.

Council members include successful entrepreneurs, investors, and university and non-profit leaders. Steve Case, chairman and CEO of Revolution and co-founder of AOL; Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University of Michigan; and Desh Deshpande, chairman of Sparta Group, A123 Systems and Sycamore Networks, among others, serve as the advisory council’s co-chairs. To see the full agenda from today's meeting, please click on the following link. Agenda (PDF)

To share ideas on how to spark innovation and entrepreneurship in the U.S. and hear from Steve Case, co-chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, on the topic and the council’s first meeting, click here.

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Innovation and Entrepreneurship

I would like to stay connected with this effort. Please advise if the meeting minutes are available for review?

Best Regards,

Sheldon E. Muir

NACIE minutes are here


Why aren't farmers involved in this kind of effort?

They are natural-born innovators and entrepreneurs. Yet this fact isn't recognized here. The potential for using this skill say for example to boost the economic fortunes of small communities off the chart.

Here I am not talking about their ability to raise cows and grow crops.

So little is written about this entire arena, despite efforts like those of the commerce department, that I have compiled brief summaries of colletive farmer succss in a short piece on agriculture and innovation. This is the first in a series.

I would love to have further conversations and contacts on this subject, so at least we can get a dialogue going.18