Attracting brainpower to Arizona and Florida

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Arizona is launching a new $25 million initiative to attract top science talent. Read more.

The initiative reinforces a recent $50 million pledge from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. The Piper gift focuses on the creation of 10 endowed Piper Chairs to attract leading scientists.

The Arizona fund reflects an emerging trend in incentives: Moving incentives from companies to people. Georgia's Research Alliance is a good model for how this strategy works.

In a still bigger move, Governor Bush in Florida last week announced a $630 million package of proposals to advance his state.

One of the proposals is a $100 million fund for the World Class Scholars Program. The program would give universities financial resources to attract researchers from around the globe to Florida. Read more.

posted by Ed Morrison |

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