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Entrepreneurs, meet WIRED May 30, 2006

Posted by Tom in Economic Development, Research, WIRED, Workforce.

Many thanks to Kevin Thompson of the US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration‘s Office of Workforce Investment, who read the piece on the Kauffman study of entrepreneurship in America and forwarded me a map overlaying the Department of Labor’s WIRED initiative with Kauffman’s recent study.

Whether intentional or not, WIRED is well-distributed among around the nation from an entrepreneurial activity point of view – from the most entrepreneurial to the least. It will be fascinating to see how WIRED’s infusion of workforce planning monies will impact these states. Will WIRED make high-performing states be even more entrepreneurial? Will it lift low-performing states up? And what will WIRED’s effects be on middle-performing states like my own Indiana?

WIRED is a bold experiment in workforce planning as we move further toward a demand-driven system. Entrepreneurship is only one area where this experiment will play out, but it’s a very significant one.



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