Innovation

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation publishes content on innovation and related issues. Find and access current and archived items in our database. 

South Dakota 2011

South Dakota has worked to develop a tax and regulatory environment designed to encourage corporate and small business development through a comprehensive approach to minimizing tax and government regulatory issues.
The state offers businesses and individuals:
-No corporate income tax,
-No personal income tax,
-No personal property tax,
-No business inventory tax, and
-No inheritance tax.

Partly because of this enterprise-friendly environment, the state is home to a strong cadre of financial services companies.
South Dakota’s business and financial services cluster has added more than 9,000 jobs showing 24% growth since 2002.

Colorado 2011

Colorado’s Place in the Rankings
1st Small Business Lending
2nd High-tech Share of All Businesses
2nd Academic R&D Intensity
3rd Entrepreneurial Activity
5th STEM Job Concentration
7th High School Advanced Placement Intensity
8th Median Family Income
10th Small Business Survival Index
10th Educational Attainment
12th State and Local Tax Burden
14th Business Birth Rate
15th Business Tax Climate
15th Higher-ed Degree Output
15th Productivity Growth
16th High Speed Broadband Availability
17th Gross State Product Growth
18th Economic Output Per Job
19th Transportation Infrastructure Performance
22nd Higher-ed Efficiency
24th Long-term Job Growth
25th College Affordability

Idaho 2011

Idaho’s Place in the Rankings
2nd Business Birth Rate
2nd Small Business Lending
7th Long-term Job Growth
9th Budget Gap
10th Gross State Product Growth
10th Entrepreneurial Activity
10th Job Placement Efficiency
11th Export Growth
11th College Affordability
12th Cost of Living
15th Productivity Growth
14th Transportation Infrastructure Performance
15th STEM Job Concentration
18th Business Tax Climate
23rd State and Local Tax Burden
24th Growth in Share of National Exports
24th Higher-ed Efficiency

California 2011

California’s Place in the Rankings
1st Academic R&D Intensity
7th Productivity Growth
7th Economic Output Per Job
7th STEM Job Concentration
7th Small Business Lending
8th High School Advanced Placement Intensity
11th High Speed Broadband Availability
13th Entrepreneurial Activity
19th Gross State Product Growth
21st High-tech Share of All Businesses
23rd Business Birth Rate

Hi-Tech's Impact on Health Information Exchanges

Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) support secure electronic sharing ofpatient health information among authorized caregivers, patients, public healthauthorities, and other providers of healthcare and payment services acrossdifferent settings and geographical areas. For example, a physician treatinga patient would be able to get authorization from the patient to access thepatient’s entire medical history including a list of current medications, knownallergies, and other vital information originally recorded in multiple systemsacross caregivers.

Future Highway and Public Transportation Finance (Phase 1)

The Future Highway and Public Transportation Finance Study was commissioned by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce through the National Chamber Foundation. The objective of this two-phased study is to identify funding mechanisms to meet national highway and transit investment needs. Phase I focuses on short-term funding for the period 2005 through 2015, starting with the reauthorization of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). It examines Federal options that would increase Federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF) revenues, and options that could enable and stimulate greater investment by states, local government, and the private sector. Phase II addresses long-term funding mechanisms, including alternatives to the current fuel tax-based system.

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