This year, CTA also added how well states welcome 5G connectivity, e-scooters as a transportation option and apprenticeship programs that help build the workforce of the future.
“We believe that collaborating with business on rulemaking to govern emerging technologies makes America the best country in the world for innovation,” adds Shapiro. “The CTA U.S. Innovation Scorecard emphasizes forward-thinking, light-handed policies that are proven to work and help today’s innovators create a better tomorrow.”
There’s plenty to celebrate among 2020’s Innovation Champions: Washington’s freedom on drone activity, Virginia’s 56 tech jobs per 1,000 people, Massachusetts’ nation high investments in R&D and venture capital, the list goes on. To find the rankings of every state, visit CTA.tech/Advocacy/Innovation-Scorecard.
Earned a “Best & Brightest” rating thanks to its strong protection of workers based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity. It also ranks among the top states in the Tech Workforce category, with roughly 38 tech jobs per 1,000 people and almost 2,000 apprenticeship graduates in 2018.
Is leading the country in self-driving vehicles, thanks to a 2019 executive order establishing an advisory council on the topic. The new rulings will update laws to allow for self-driving testing, which will be especially valuable considering Minnesota’s snowy weather.
Has nearly 38 tech jobs per 1,000 people and had more than 2,600 apprenticeship graduates in 2018 — one of the highest numbers in the country. The state also permits the testing and development of self-driving vehicles without restrictive regulations.
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