2018 US Innovation Scorecard

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    In Pennsylvania, coding program Mined Minds trains coal workers for tech jobs. (PHOTO CREDIT: Jonathan Graham, Mined Minds)
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    The Delaware Innovation Space will house STEM startups. (PHOTO CREDIT: Delaware Innovation Space)
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    Arizona State University was named the nation’s most innovative campus. (PHOTO CREDIT: ASU)
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    CodeVA provides programming education to students around Virginia. (PHOTO CREDIT: CodeVA)
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    The University of Kansas Center for Telemedicine & Telehealth serves over 100 communities. (PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Zeff, KCUR 89.3)
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    The University of Maryland’s new Discovery District will spur research and development.
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    Manchester, New Hampshire will house the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute, which aims to mass-produce human tissue.
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    Michigan students learn to become certified mechanics in Troy High School’s auto lab. (PHOTO CREDIT: Troy School District)
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    Utah researchers use drones to measure and monitor river basins.
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    Tech startup Arrivo is testing a short-range hyperloop system around Denver.
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    In Massachusetts, the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching is reinventing STEM education. (PHOTO CREDIT: Frances M. Hannan, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation)
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    In Washington, one of ten state Centers for Excellence helps prepare students for jobs at Boeing.

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Overview

Innovation starts with a seed of an idea. It takes an entrepreneur with vision and courage to make that seed blossom into a business that enriches our lives or even provides our livelihood.

But ideas can only take root in welcoming environments. States where leaders recognize the transformative power of innovation, and allow entrepreneurs to test new technologies and new business models, create more robust economic growth, more high-quality jobs, and more livable cities. These states are fostering new technologies like drones and self-driving vehicles, welcoming new business models like ridesharing and short-term rental platforms, and empowering their citizens with the right skills to work in a range of emerging fields.

The annual CTA Innovation Scorecard grades every state on 12 qualitative and quantitative criteria, and ranks them into four tiers: Innovation Champions, Innovation Leaders, Innovation Adopters and Modest Innovators.

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