Wisconsin rises to 29th in New Economy Innovation Rankings

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation released a new study the 2010 State New Economy Index that evaluates all states on 26 factors to “measure the extent to which your state enables and supports businesses which are knowledge-based, global, digitally-driven, and led by innovation” according to Entrepreneur Magazine.  You can see the full report here.

The top 5 states were all blue states proving yet again that there is a correlation between knowledge, innovation and progressiveness in politics (okay I don’t have the statistical proof, but the data looks pretty convincing):

  1. Massachusetts
  2. Washington
  3. Maryland
  4. New Jersey
  5. Connecticut

The top bottom states were red or purple states reflecting their anti-progress, anti-climate change, anti-technology, anti-education backward political perspectives:

  1. Mississippi
  2. West Virginia
  3. Arkansas
  4. Alabama
  5. Wyoming

In fact if you look at the state rankings you’ll see a blue state/red state divide that shows the top states to be primarily blue states.

New Economy Innovative States
New Economy Innovative States - WI Goes to #29

Wisconsin ranked 29th in the country beneath red state stalwarts Texas, Georgia and purple Kansas.   Wisconsin’s rankings also continued to increase with rankings of 32 – 1999, 37 – 2002, 30 – 2007.

Kudos to Governor Doyle, the Democrats, the Wisconsin Technology Council, Thrive, the Milwaukee 7, Accelerate Madison, the e-Business Consortium, the University of Wisconsin and all the other educational and economic development entities around the state!

Kauffman Foundation Innovation Rankings
WI Ranks 29th in New Economy

Now let’s only hope that our anti-university, anti-knowledge, anti-progress, anti-science, anti-transportation, anti-infrastructure, anti-creative class Republican led state can continue to make progress given the thinking that was espoused in his campaign and seems to be reflected in Scott Walker’s transition plans.


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