From: The Council of State Governments
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Rethinking How States Encourage Entrepreneurs
Date: Thu May 22 14:58:57 MDT 2014
May 22, 2014

Rethinking How States Encourage Entrepreneurs

By Jennifer Ginn, CSG Associate Editor


MEMPHIS, Tenn.--Many state policymakers talk about why it's important to encourage entrepreneurs for a simple reason: Startups are just about the only places creating new jobs. The CSG Entrepreneurship Day in Memphis brought together state leaders and experts to discuss what is and isn't working in their state to help develop more entrepreneurs.


Tennessee's Business Accelerators 

Put Entrepreneurs in the Fast Lane

By Jennifer GinnCSG Associate Editor 


MEMPHIS, Tenn.--There's a rich history of entrepreneurs in Tennessee. From FedEx founder Fred Smith to hospital management company HCA, entrepreneurs have thrived in the Volunteer State. "We focus on creating a culture and an environment that is pro business and allows businesses to succeed," said Ted Townsend, assistant commissioner of strategy for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.



The Future of the Federal Role in Transportation

By Sean Slone , CSG Program Manager for Transportation Policy

When the current federal surface
transportation authorization bill, known as MAP-21, expires at the end of September, it likely will be replaced with a status quo plan. But a chorus of voices is once again advocating for a radical rethinking of the roles traditionally played by federal and state governments in the transportation arena. A May 29 CSG eCademy, "Future of the Federal Role in Transportation," will explore issues surrounding reauthorization.   

Read the full article here.


Serving for a Better Future

By Mary Branham, CSG Managing Editor


When Lance Pruitt decided to run for the Alaska House of Representatives, he had one simple objective: "It really was more of a focus on the kids," he said, "my kids and the future." Pruitt, a 2013 CSG Toll Fellow, knows from experience the exodus of bright Alaskans from the state simply because the opportunities are better in the continental United States.


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Supreme Court Accepts Cell Tower Siting Case


Workforce Development Success Factors  


State Teacher Evaluation Methods Questioned 



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