Rochester, NY WIRED: 12 different programs started October 26, 2006Posted by Tom in Community, Economic Development, Education, WIRED.
I know I wait too long to post WIRED updates, but life intrudes too much. (Darn that work thing!) I have a lot of catching up to do, and we’ll start in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. The Finger Lakes Partnership approved 12 new programs with its WIRED funds:
- Master of science degree in science and technology commercialization, which will address the shortage of people who can look at a technology and determine whether it can be commercialized.
- Entrepreneurship and strategic growth immersion sequence program, which will target managers who want to join commercialization teams. Will also target existing and potential entrepreneurs.
- The Entrepreneurs Network, a six-month program that will include boot camps and workshops.
- Pre-seed workshops, which will help assess business potential for specific inventions.
- Small business outreach and access, which will educate entrepreneurs and small business owners about funding opportunities and other types of assistance.
- Tech commercialization process, which will help accelerate the commercialization of university and company technologies.
- Scholarship fund, which will address skilled worker shortages in industries such as alternative energy, biotechnology, optics and imaging, and other fields.
- Regional apprentice system, which will start several new education/training programs for certain industry clusters.
- Education internships, which will place teachers in industry as a way to help forge a link between high-tech and emerging industries and educators, schools and employers.
- Predictive analysis/business attraction, which will help develop an understanding of assets in targeted clusters.
- Predictive analysis/retention and expansion, which will identify companies with a high likelihood of expansion or contraction, so economic development resources are better focused.
- Finger Lakes Resource Network, which will develop a Web portal to better connect regional economic and work force development efforts.
Here’s what they’re saying about WIRED in Rochester:
Matt Hurlbutt, managing director of the partnership, said after a Rochester Workforce Investment Board meeting Tuesday that many of the 12 programs are getting ready for implementation. Another 11 initiatives are being reviewed, including a program to get private industries to work more collaboratively with each other — even with competitors. By collaborating, industry will be better able to identify regional gaps, opportunities and resources.
“It’s all about changing the culture,” Hurlbutt said.
Quite a promising start. And 11 other programs in the works? That’s an ambitious program of work, considering that we’re talking about $15 million over 3 years. At that pace, they may very well change their culture to better align themselves for the new economy.