Innovation America Innovation America Accelerating the growth of the GLOBAL entrepreneurial innovation economy
Founded by Rich Bendis

March 8, 2010 - March 9, 2010
Clinton Library, Little Rock, AR

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2:00 PM Welcome and Introductions
Mary Good, University of Arkansas at Little Rock*

2:30 PM Session I: The Global Challenge and the Opportunity for Arkansas

The Innovation Imperative and Global Practices
Charles Wessner, The National Academies*

Innovation Infrastructure at the State and Regional Level: Some Success Stories
Richard A. Bendis, President and CEO, Innovation America*

Innovation and Commercialization Successes in Oklahoma
Tom Walker, President and CEO, i2E*

Evolution of Innovation in Arkansas
Watt Gregory, Executive Committee Chair, Accelerate Arkansas*

4:00 PM Session II: Cluster Opportunities for Arkansas
Moderator: TBD

Arkansas and the New Energy Economy
Paul Suskie, Chairman of Public Service Commission*

Future of Wind Energy in Arkansas
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Research in Advanced Power Electronics
Alan Mantooth, Director, University of Arkansas’ National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission*

Biofuels in Arkansas
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Arkansas’s Role in Energy Transmission Management
Nick Brown, President and CEO, Southwest Power Pool*

5:30 PM Adjourn and Visitors Travel to Peabody Hotel
Little Rock Tours Bus

6:00 PM Visitors Travel from Peabody Hotel to Governor’s Mansion
Little Rock Tours Bus

6:15 PM Reception
Arkansas Governor’s Mansion

7:00 PM Dinner
Arkansas Governor’s Mansion

8:45 PM Visitors Travel from Governor’s Mansion to Peabody Hotel
Little Rock Tours Bus

DAY 2 — March 9, 2010

8:30 AM The State of the State of Arkansas
The Honorable Mike Beebe, Governor of Arkansas*

9:00 AM Session II: Cluster Opportunities for Arkansas (continued)

The Obama Administration Cluster Initiative
Ginger Lew, White House National Economic Council *

Agriculture and Food Processing
Carole Kramer, Director, Arkansas Biosciences Institute, Arkansas State University*

Information Technology
Jeff Johnson, President and CEO, ClearPointe Technologies*

Dr. Greg Salamo, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville*

10:00 AM Session III: Federal & State Programs and Synergies

The Role of the Economic Development Administration
John Fernandez, Economic Development Administration*
Initiatives of the Manufacturing Extension Program
Roger Kilmer, Director, Manufacturing Extension Partnership, NIST*

Leveraging Federal Resources: NIST and Regional Development
Marc Stanley, Deputy Director, NIST*

State Initiatives for Research Funding and Their Role in Economic Development
Dr. William Harris, President and CEO, Science Foundation Arizona*

11:15 AM Session IV: Universities and Regional Growth
Moderator: William Harris, Science Foundation Arizona*

Converting University Research Into Start-Up Companies
Dr. Michael Douglas, Director, UAMS Bioventures*

University-Federal Government Partnerships
Thomas Peterson, National Science Foundation +

Arkansas STEM Coalition Activities
Michael Gealt, UALR dean of College of Sciences and Mathematics, President of Arkansas STEM Coalition*

NOON Lunch

12:45 PM Session V: Arkansas R&D Capacity: Universities, Research Labs, and Science Parks
Moderator: John Ahlen, President, Arkansas Science and Technology Authority*

Infrastructure for High-Performance Computing
Dr. Amy Apon, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville*

Research Parks in Arkansas
Jay Chessir, President and CEO, Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce*

Results and Lessons Learned from Batelle Study
Jerry Adams, President and CEO, Arkansas Research Alliance*

1:30 PM Session VI: Roundtable: Next Steps for Arkansas
Moderator: Mary Good, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Participants: Jerry Adams, President and CEO, Arkansas Research Alliance; John Ahlen, President, Arkansas Science and Technology Authority;
Richard Bendis, President and CEO, Innovation America;
Maria Haley, Executive Director, Arkansas Economic Development Commission;
Sam Walls, CEO, Arkansas Capital Corporation;
Charles Wessner, The National Academies

2:00 PM Adjourn


To read the full, original article click on this link: Meeting 8: Competing in the 21st Century: Best Practice in State & Regional Innovation Initiatives