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State Innovation Council formed to help foster job growth by Nheeda Enriquez

In a move to spur job recovery in the state, Governor Bev Purdue announced the creation of an NC Innovation Council today.  It’s part of a larger initiative called JobsNOW and looks to accelerate ideas and foster collaboration within the public and private sectors.

One of the co-chairs of the council is a Charlotte CEO named Steve Nelson from a venture capital firm called Wakefield Group (whose website at the time of this posting was down but I’m linking to it anyway.)

There’s not a whole lot of detail yet about what they’re going to do, but in a quick web search for other “Innovation Councils” in other states, we see a range of things.  Oregon‘s team shows investment in key technology research, while Colorado‘s looks at government efficiencies through IT.  Louisiana has one, but I only found this editorial with some recommendations for the council.  In Idaho, this journalist takes issue with an initiative its council announced, claiming that the partnership with Micron is just “more of the same.”

I still think it’s a good idea.  I’m crossing my fingers that this one offers more solutions than press releases.

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