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Does Your State Have What It Takes To Be An Innovation Champion?



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ANCHOR LEAD: How well does your state promote innovation growth? Brian Osuch has more on a state-by-state comparison showing what it takes to become an innovation champion. (:60) SCRIPT: Newsbreak, I'm Brian Osuch. The new Innovation Scorecard from the Consumer Technology Association or (CTA) ranks all fifty states on how well they encourage innovation. CTA's President and CEO Gary Shapiro says the leading states have something in common… CUT: (Shapiro) They're focusing on welcoming new business models like Uber, Airbnb and Lyft. They're welcoming drones, fast internet speeds, they're creating jobs, they have sustainable policies. They're doing all these things that encourage companies to start up businesses or to move their companies into their states. SCRIPT: Shapiro says successful states focus on investment, infrastructure and laws for new business and that's something the low ranking states can learn from… CUT: (Shapiro) About half the states now have legalized ridesharing services, but the other half does not, so they can act there. They have right to work laws, so workers have a choice at whether or not they join a union. They also should be focusing on their college system to make sure that S.T.E.M. degrees are being issued. Also, they should be looking at their own policies involving startups. Are they encouraged or are they discouraged? SCRIPT: To find out how your state ranks, go to CTA.tech. That's Newsbreak from the CTA.
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