Great Lakes Innovation and Entrepreneurship Indicators Initiative (GLIEII)
Published economic indexes are useful in tracking the performance of metro areas, states and provinces, and regions, but they provide little guidance regarding the levers that will change outcomes. The aim of the Great Lakes Innovation and Entrepreneurship Indicators Initiative (GLIEII) is to provide decision-makers with a set of tools that will inform them on factors that affect economic outcomes. The initiative will identify, collect, harmonize and publish a comprehensive set of business, labor and economic indicators that describe factors that form the bases for the innovation and entrepreneurship economic ecosystems of the Great Lakes region, the 10 states and provinces, and major metro areas.
GLIEII is envisioned as a partnership of the Institute for Work and the Economy and higher education or research institutions from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Quebec and Wisconsin, national, state and provincial business and technology associations, local, state and provincial, and federal policy makers, non-governmental organizations, organized labor, business, civic organizations and philanthropic institutions.
GLIEII will focus is on the precursors that enable thriving innovation and entrepreneurship economies. For example, the patent rates for a jurisdiction are the outcome of a set of behaviors. GLIEII will provide indicators on factors that drive patent creation and that may be addressed through public policies and by conscious alterations in business practices.
GLIEII is envisioned as a data utility. I.e., it will serve as an open resource for decision makers and scholars from organizations that form the supporting collaborative. The Institute for Work and the Economy is the organizer and founding member of the project oversight team. The Institute will continue as project organizer and coordinator and will provide general operational oversight. Partner higher education institutions will be depended upon to provide substantive oversight and control over the project. This is to assure the required academic freedom and independence that is necessary for new insights and discoveries regarding the ecologies of innovation and entrepreneurship in the Great Lakes region. At least two universities, one from each country, will serve as the data “warehouses” and fiscal agents for the project. This is aimed in part to address legal and licensing issues.
Efforts are underway for an organizational meeting of interested researchers and stakeholders. Seed funding is required to support early development of the project and the initial meeting, including meeting-related costs and travel stipends for each participant.
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