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Kauffman Policy Digest Features the Dos and Don'ts for Local Entrepreneurship Promotion; Research Suggests State and Local Policymakers Embrace a New Approach to Promoting Entrepreneurship
Subject: ETA's Publication: A Call to Action - Integration Entrepreneurship into the Public Workforce System
Citing research that highlights the vital importance of new, young and growing companies to the economy, the Kauffman Foundation today (April 10) issued an Entrepreneurship Policy Digest that highlights a new approach to promoting entrepreneurship at the state and local level.
The Policy Digest states that the traditional approach of investments and incubators is ineffective in promoting entrepreneurship and suggests implementing a new plan that includes an entrepreneur-centered approach.
NSF Announces Funding Opportunity under 'Advancing Informal STEM Learning" Program
Subject: Training and Employment Notice 23-07: Building and Sustaining an Educated and Prepared STEM Workforce
The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and develop understandings of deeper learning by participants.
The AISL program supports six types of projects: (1) Pathways, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5) Conferences, Symposia, and Workshops, and (6) Science Learning+ Proposals.
The anticipated funding amount -- $25,000,000 to $32,000,000 - is expected to underwrite 6-10 Pathways awards, 7-10 Research in Service to Practice awards, 10-13 Innovations in Development awards, 3-6 Broad Implementation awards, 5-7 Conferences, Symposia, and Workshops awards will be made in FY 2015, pending availability of funds.
Proposals from eligible organizations are due by July 10.
National Competitiveness Forum Scheduled for September 15 - 16; Council on Competiveness Releases 'Making Impact Annual Report 2012-2014'
The Council on Competitiveness reports that the 2014 National Competitiveness Forum is scheduled for September 15-16 in Washington D.C. The Council also posted a new publication "Making Impact Annual Report 2013-2014" was posted on April 11 to its website.
In 2013, the Council broke new ground with its American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Partnership with the Department of Energy, designing innovative public-private partnership (PPP) models to enhance the nation's energy productivity and manufacturing capacity.
Built on the foundation of four progressive dialogues across the country and cutting-edge research on PPP models globally, the first year of this three-year initiative set the stage for the next phase of the project, which will establish new models of collaboration across the public and private sectors.
The AEMC Partnership culminated in 2013 with the inaugural AEMC Summit, the first in an annual series of AEMC Summits that brings together the nation's best minds and strongest leaders to build relationships, celebrate success, and set an agenda for concrete policy actions to strengthen America's manufacturing sector and catalyze new economic opportunity through the development and deployment of next-generation energy technologies.
Coupled with the ongoing research and implementation of the Council's manufacturing work through its U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative (USMCI), the stage is set for the launch in 2014 of the U.S. Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness Partnership (EMCP) that will explore the competitiveness opportunity at the nexus of energy and manufacturing.
University of Illinois and Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness Develop Website to Help Practitioners Understand Structure of County Economies; ARC Releases Data Overview Based on 2008-2012 ACS for 13 States
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness research team have created a new website designed to help practitioners better understand the structure of their local economies, both singly and in comparison to other counties and regions of similar scale and type within Appalachia and across the United States. The website taps a compilation of data elements to facilitate user-customized quantitative portraits of Appalachia’s counties and regions. The data, indicators, and visualization facilities together constitute a web tool rather than a simple website.
Commissioned and funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the web tool includes data points designed to help practitioners and policy makers understand and explore several key concepts related to economic diversity. Through tables, charts, graphics, and maps, users are able to undertake selected analyses of their economies’ diversity quickly and easily.
While the web tool is not intended to be a single source of information and analytics to support all economic development planning, the tool is best suited to help address four commonly asked applied research questions:
1. How is my economy doing?
2. How diverse is my economy and what risks and opportunities does that diversity present?
3. What kind of asset is my local workforce?
4. How is my county doing relative to similar counties elsewhere?
ARC has also recently released a study which examines state- and county-level data on population, age, race and ethnicity, housing occupancy and housing tenure, education, labor force, employment and unemployment, income and poverty, health insurance coverage, disability status, migration patterns, and veteran status from the 2008-2012 American Community Survey (ACS) for the 13 Appalachian states. Information is summarized for five Appalachian subregions and five metro designations. The study includes ACS data topics that were in the 2010 decennial census, as well as others that are no longer available in the census, to provide a comparable time series of data for all counties in Appalachia.
Office of Refugee Resettlement Issues New State Letter (Employment Eligibility Requirements for Asylees, Refugees, and other Populations Served by ORR)
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has been working with the U.S. Department of Justice'''s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices to revise and update a 2001-issued ORR State Letter on Employment Eligibility for refugees and other populations. The new State Letter # 14-02, Employment Eligibility Requirements for Asylees, Refugees, and other Populations Served by ORR, supercedes #01-30, and also marks the start of increased collaboration between ORR and DOJ.
DOJ's Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices has also created a series of flyers, posters, and other materials on federal protections against immigration-related discrimination in the workplace. These helpful resources, tailored to refugees and asylees and employers who hire them are available in a variety of languages, including Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Farsi, French, Kayah, Nepali, Russian, Sgaw Karen, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Spanish, and Tigrinya. Together, ORR and DOJ/OCS are working to expand awareness of refugees' rights, and ensure that employment-eligible workers enjoy and benefit from their full right to work. Visit the Office of Special Council's Worker Information website for these and other helpful materials, targeted to refugees and asylees, and to service providers and employers.