Tech Trends – article picks from SSTI staff, Week of 02/27/12

Obama Administration Launches a New Online Platform to Help Small Businesses  The Obama Administration announced the launch of BusinessUSA, an online platform to help small businesses and exporters of all sizes find information about available federal programs. The website combines information and services from 10 different government agencies through one consolidated website and coordinates telephone support through a single 1-800 number. Visit the website…

NIST Announces National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence  With the goal of protecting America’s ideas and innovations, the new center will host multi-institutional, collaborative efforts building on expertise from industry and government. Read more …

Rising Chinese Labor Costs Could Level the Playing Field  Amid the arguments regarding China’s unfair policies, the playing field may be leveling in terms of labor costs. This NY Times op-ed describes why China’s labor costs have risen and reasons they will continue to rise — all of which is good news for U.S. manufacturing. Read more …

Defining the Importance of Manufacturing  High-wage jobs, commercial innovation, and a key to trade deficit reduction are just a few reasons why manufacturing matters to the U.S. economy. This Brookings article also outlines four areas in which manufacturing needs strengthening. Read more …

NGA Report Finds Widespread Support for Green Economy Policies among GOP Govs Of the 28 states that have enacted new clean economy policies, more than half have Republican governors. The finding is a sharp contrast to the debate in Washington and on the presidential campaign trail.Read more …

State-by-State Guide for Business Offerings  This map from Business USA allows you to browse what services your state has to offer, including where to go for funding, taxation information and access to data.

Attributed to: SSTI (State Science and Technology Institute)

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