Creating a Culture of Entrepreneurship

CSG Growth and Prosperity: Virtual Summit of the States 2.0

Creating a Culture of Entrepreneurship
April 12, 2011

Attracting new business and growing existing ones have often been thought of as a problem for which money and incentives are the solution. The saying, “Build it and they will come” is indeed true … but in a manner different from traditional thinking. Building a culture of entrepreneurship in your state and bolstering entrepreneurial networks can often be more valuable to promoting growth and expanding existing enterprise than the traditional economic development incentives embraced by states. Learn about the new trends impacting thinking around entrepreneurial networks and how your state can better position itself to take advantage of this decentralized economic development tool.

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Maryann Feldman, S.K. Heninger Distinguished Chair in Public Policy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Maryann Feldman's research and teaching interests focus on the areas of innovation, the commercialization of academic research and the factors that promote technological change and economic growth. A large part of Feldman's work concerns the geography of innovation – investigating the reasons innovation clusters spatially and the mechanisms that support and sustain industrial clusters.  Feldman previously held the Miller Distinguished Chair in Higher Education at the University of Georgia (2006-2008) and the Jeffery S. Skoll Chair in Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Professor of Business Economics at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto (2002-2006). She started her career at Johns Hopkins University. Feldman has served on the advisory panel for the U.S. National Science Foundation's Program on Societal Dimensions of Engineering, Science and Technology.  

Dane Stangler, Director, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Dane Stangler is a director at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In this capacity, Stangler provides research and writing on a wide variety of subjects, including entrepreneurship, expeditionary economics 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 advises the foundation’s president on matters relating to strategy and programming, and represents the foundation at meetings and conferences around the country. Stangler earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Truman State University, and a juris doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His wife, Katie, works as a pediatric nurse practitioner at Children’s Mercy Hospital, and they have three sons: Liam, Gavin and Dane.


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