A Connecticut Technology Council 2006 White Paper
Creating a Technology and
Innovation Growth Strategy
Creating a Technology and Innovation Growth Strategy for Connecticut • Connecticut Technology Council • April 2006
We believe support for a broad package of programs and new funding for existing efforts are needed to
create a viable innovation oriented environment for the state of Connecticut. This document will make
the case for why such expenditures should be a top priority for all of us.
From the latter part of the 18th century to the mid 20th century, Connecticut was an innovation leader.
Products and technologies invented and manufactured here brought economic growth and jobs to cities
and towns throughout the state. But with lower labor costs and more attractive economic incentives in
the south and elsewhere in the United States and overseas, many manufacturers and service industries
chose to move out of Connecticut, leaving behind their workers and abandoned factory buildings.
Today Connecticut must compete both internationally and with an ever-increasing number of other
states that have made a strategic commitment to growing their economies through innovation. By
allocating millions of dollars to science and technology research and development centers, university
research, job training and entrepreneurial ventures, these states are attracting the kinds of talented
people that could be creating a high-growth economy in Connecticut.
With this increased level of competition for the entrepreneurs, researchers and companies that will
create the science and technology of the future, Connecticut must strategically reinvent itself as an
innovation leader if it is to achieve a global competitive advantage. As an innovation leader,
Connecticut will have a globally recognized ability to create wealth from ideas and talent, and it
will once again be a growing state that attracts the kind of talent that creates high-quality jobs.
What will it take to reinvent Connecticut as an