CSG Entrepreneurship Days: Arizona
The Council of State Governments, in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, hosted a discussion on Monday, March 24, 2014 in the Arizona Capitol that featured experts, practitioners and national thought leaders exploring state-based solutions for increased entrepreneurship. Attendees learned about the latest research on the importance of entrepreneurship to economic growth and innovative policy strategies to encourage entrepreneurship. Meeting materials are available for download below.
Dane Stangler - Vice President of Research and Policy, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Dane Stangler is vice president of Research & Policy at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In this capacity, Stangler leads the Research & Policy department and serves on the senior leadership team. He also provides research and writing on a variety of subjects, including entrepreneurship and cities. He initiated and manages the Kauffman Foundation Research Series on Firm Formation and Economic Growth, and contributes to the blog, Growthology. He also represents the Foundation by speaking at meetings and conferences around the country.
Yasuyuki Motoyama - Senior Scholar, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Yasuyuki (Yas) Motoyama is a senior scholar in Research and Policy at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. His main research areas are regional ecosystem of entrepreneurship, drivers of high-growth companies, and university-industry relations, such as the paper titled "How Do Business Owners Perceive the State Business Climate." Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Motoyama was a postdoctoral fellow with the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was researching the process of commercialization and globalization of nanotechnology.
Brian Sherman, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Arizona Commerce Authority
Brian Sherman has dedicated more than a decade to creating and building a support system for Arizona technology entrepreneurs in a variety of positions at a regional technology nonprofit, a major research university, and state and local government. His work is focused on technology-based economic development, including entrepreneurship, early stage capital formation, technology commercialization, and innovation in public policy and finance.
Pat Spearman, Nevada Senator
Senator Pat Spearman represents Nevada Senate District 1. The Senator is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Army where she spent 29 years serving our country. She is the founding pastor of Resurrection Faith Community Ministries and CEO of Power Zone Community Resource Center. Senator Spearman believes in equity in all aspects of the law. She wants to impact policy related to education, healthcare, jobs and the environment. Her passion and purpose are completely driven by the needs she sees in Senate District 1 and the state of Nevada.
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