Role of government in fueling private innovation

by Public Works on February 21, 2013 in February 2013 eNewsletter

Close up of laboratory treatmentThis LA Times article caught our eye as a rare but oh-so-important example of a leader in the private economic marketplace explaining the impact of government investment in research. William H. Janeway, a private equity managing director, writes:

“Why has it been in the world of information technology and, secondarily, biomedicine that venture capitalists have been successful? In brief: Only in these sectors did the state invest at sufficient scale in scientific research and in its translation to working technology. In over 40 years as a working venture capitalist, I learned that my colleagues and I and the entrepreneurs whom we backed were all dancing on a platform constructed by the federal government.”

Video explains impacts of proposed business tax cuts

by Public Works on February 21, 2013 in Changemakers

The Partnership for Idaho’s Future has produced an engaging video that explains the potential impact of lost revenue if the state enacts proposed business tax cuts.

Public broadband access in Chattanooga

by Public Works on February 21, 2013 in February 2013 eNewsletter

Chattanooga, TN, is the only city with a population of more than 100,000 to provide public broadband access to ALL of its residents. According to this piece in Governing magazine, “Chattanooga didn’t install fiber broadband just to make consumers happy, … Continue reading

Public Works in the Field

by Public Works on February 21, 2013 in February 2013 eNewsletter

The New Year started off with lots of great work in the field. Elaine headed out to Oregon to help close out the last class of our third Advocates College and a second “mini-boot camp” session with key partners of … Continue reading

They’re playing our song

by Public Works on February 21, 2013 in February 2013 eNewsletter

Another new resource highlighting and promoting the importance of citizenship and civic participation is the Song of Citizen project. This group is working to highlight the responsibilities of citizens and looking for ways to foster a more engaged and informed … Continue reading

In Boston, City Hall “To Go”

by Public Works on February 21, 2013 in February 2013 eNewsletter

For the public innovation files, we offer this news bit from Boston where the “City Hall Truck” is visiting neighborhoods and offering city services to local residents. According to this article from BostonInno, “If residents want to dispute a parking … Continue reading

Public trust in federal government hovers near historic low

by Public Works on February 21, 2013 in February 2013 eNewsletter

The Pew Research Center for People and the Press recently released the findings of its annual poll asking Americans for their opinions of the federal government. According to the poll, only 26% of Americans trust Washington to do the right … Continue reading