Innovation

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation publishes content on innovation and related issues. Find and access current and archived items in our database. 

Growing Wisconsin: Economy and Opportunity

Wisconsin has a long tradition of entrepreneurship that has created high performing companies with strong brands in the marketplace including Oshkosh Corp., S.C. Johnson, Johnson Controls, Harley-Davidson, Briggs & Stratton, Johnsonville, Kohler and Kohl’s. Supporting the state’s existing successful entrepreneurs, while putting in place the policies needed to create an environment friendly to entrepreneurial start ups will allow Wisconsin to build on this history of success.

Virginia 2011

Virginia’s Place in the Rankings
1st High-tech Share of All Businesses
3rd STEM Job Concentration
3rd High School Advanced Placement Intensity
7th STEM Job Growth
10th Economic Output Per Job
10th Productivity Growth
12th Gross State Product Growth
12th Business Tax Climate
12th Educational Attainment
12th Transportation Infrastructure Performance
14th Per Capita Income Growth
14th Small Business Survival Index
15th Long-term Job Growth
16th Short-term Job Growth
18th State and Local Tax Burden
19th High Speed Broadband Intensity
20th Higher Ed Efficiency
20th High Speed Broadband Availability
22nd Business Birth Rate
24th Cost of Living

Arkansas 2011

Arkansas’ Place in the Rankings
1st Budget Gap
3rd Entrepreneurial Activity
4th Cost of Living
6th Higher-ed Efficiency
6th High School Advanced Placement Intensity
6th Academic R&D Intensity
9th Short-term Job Growth
9th Productivity Growth
9th Per Capita Income Growth
10th Export Intensity Growth
17th STEM Job Growth
17th Job Placement Efficiency
18th Gross State Product Growth
19th Long-term Job Growth
22nd Small Business Lending
24th Small Business Survival Index
24th College Affordability
25th Business Birth Rate

South Dakota 2011

South Dakota has worked to develop a tax and regulatory environment designed to encourage corporate and small business development through a comprehensive approach to minimizing tax and government regulatory issues.
The state offers businesses and individuals:
-No corporate income tax,
-No personal income tax,
-No personal property tax,
-No business inventory tax, and
-No inheritance tax.

Partly because of this enterprise-friendly environment, the state is home to a strong cadre of financial services companies.
South Dakota’s business and financial services cluster has added more than 9,000 jobs showing 24% growth since 2002.

Colorado 2011

Colorado’s Place in the Rankings
1st Small Business Lending
2nd High-tech Share of All Businesses
2nd Academic R&D Intensity
3rd Entrepreneurial Activity
5th STEM Job Concentration
7th High School Advanced Placement Intensity
8th Median Family Income
10th Small Business Survival Index
10th Educational Attainment
12th State and Local Tax Burden
14th Business Birth Rate
15th Business Tax Climate
15th Higher-ed Degree Output
15th Productivity Growth
16th High Speed Broadband Availability
17th Gross State Product Growth
18th Economic Output Per Job
19th Transportation Infrastructure Performance
22nd Higher-ed Efficiency
24th Long-term Job Growth
25th College Affordability

Idaho 2011

Idaho’s Place in the Rankings
2nd Business Birth Rate
2nd Small Business Lending
7th Long-term Job Growth
9th Budget Gap
10th Gross State Product Growth
10th Entrepreneurial Activity
10th Job Placement Efficiency
11th Export Growth
11th College Affordability
12th Cost of Living
15th Productivity Growth
14th Transportation Infrastructure Performance
15th STEM Job Concentration
18th Business Tax Climate
23rd State and Local Tax Burden
24th Growth in Share of National Exports
24th Higher-ed Efficiency

California 2011

California’s Place in the Rankings
1st Academic R&D Intensity
7th Productivity Growth
7th Economic Output Per Job
7th STEM Job Concentration
7th Small Business Lending
8th High School Advanced Placement Intensity
11th High Speed Broadband Availability
13th Entrepreneurial Activity
19th Gross State Product Growth
21st High-tech Share of All Businesses
23rd Business Birth Rate

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