Monthly Archives: November 2012

A continuing federal role in commercializing innovation?

Notwithstanding the hulabaloo over Solyndra and the few other projects to which the Energy Department contributed funds for commercialization, of the $90 billion spent, only about 8% went to “failed” projects.  Not bad, considering that the failure rate for private … Continue reading

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If Fuel Cell Industry is to suceed, it needs more than private equity

could the InfraBank, by distributing part of its capital amongst various innovative technologies, without ever taking more than a 25% position in an individual project, stimulate innovation, efficiency and economic growth? This would not displace private equity, but encourage investment … Continue reading

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Infrastructure spending can’t be done efficiently by individual states

although, since effective federal action to fund projects has not been forthcoming from the federal government, the burden has shifted to the states, as these two articles document: Regional planning agency: Infrastructure needs more funding Burden for rebuilding infrastructure may … Continue reading

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Spending on Infrastructure literally makes innovation possible

As this article makes clear,spending on the information infrastructure is essential to the continued flowering of new network applications:   “A funding disconnect has thereby emerged between network builders and network users. Lots of innovation and venture capital is targeting … Continue reading

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If we don’t fund infrastructure, does credit rating suffer?

and if we fund infrastructure with even more debt, is the impact on the credit rating the same or worse?  This analysis was thought-provoking: By MICHELLE HIRSCH, The Fiscal Times April 4, 2012 Standard & Poor’s, which downgraded the U.S. credit … Continue reading

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Infrastructure spending one of the 3 biggest priorities for the next Administrtion

I couldn’t express it more succinctly; getting infrastructure right is key to progress and economic growth in 2013 and beyond: By HARLAN ULLMAN, UPI Outside View Commentator WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 (UPI) — More than a century ago, the eccentric writer … Continue reading

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Hydrogen transportation in Connecticut but it’s just one state

a handful of states are encouraging investment in a hydrogen infrastructure, but wouldn’t it be more efficient to organize regional projects along these lines? Admirable though Connecticut’s initiative is, a new transportation network in just a few states will not … Continue reading

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Infrastructure spending or else…

GDP, personal income and employment will fall, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers.  read more

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A long-established connection on innovation finance between public and private sectors

Somewhere between Schumpeter and Keynes is a sustainable theory of economic growth through innovation finance, involving both the public and private sectors In his 1934 book, The Theory of Economic Development, Austrian-American economist Joseph Schumpeter argued that the primary drivers … Continue reading

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How about establishing a permanent means to repatriate profits at reasonable tax rates?

The following article elaborates on the efforts by corporations to minimize their tax burdens by keeping profits outside the U.S.  The 2005 tax holiday disappointed in its economic stimulus impact, but perhaps by establishing a permanent means to reduced corporate … Continue reading

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