Fall 2013 Editor’s Letter: Success Comes Down to Networking and Partnerships
MissionLink Inc., an organization that brings CEOs and government agencies together to solve national security issues, came about three years ago as a way to plug a gap.
“Government officials are telling us they didn’t realize some of these companies were literally in their own backyard in Virginia; and it is crazy that we’re trying to solve for some of these same problems because they didn’t know these companies existed,” says Andrew Lustig, founding board member and co-founder of MissionLink, and an attorney in the Reston, Va., office for Cooley LLP.
The companies just hadn’t made it on the government’s radar. Once agency leaders learn a company is working on the same problems, they are able to let the company know they are on the right path. What’s more, CEOs then know they are on the right track and where to dedicate resources in order to create a solution that will resonate with the government. Learn more about MissionLink and emerging security trends in “Cyber Takes Center Stage.”
Along the lines of creative solutions for cybersecurity challenges, in “Calculating the Cybersecurity Economy,” we learn that the need for businesses to stay ahead of hackers is a moving target. Discover what certain states and locales are doing to keep these problem solvers thriving and developing the latest in cybersecurity protections.
Companies in today’s business environment are faced with a shortage of skilled problem solvers. In “Manufacturing New Talent” we learn advanced manufacturers need to do a better job of creating partnerships with educational institutions to develop workers with portable, standardized credentials in order to fill the talent pipeline.
And “Familiarity with Innovation Should Start in Kindergarten” says the sooner students are exposed to the opportunities in the manufacturing sector, the better. The Manufacturing Renaissance’s Dan Swinney says a combination of technological innovation and institutional innovation is vital in order to maintain public support for pro-manufacturing policies.
In addition to keeping their networks free from cyberattacks, and staffing their operations with skilled workers, company executives are also concerned with cutting back on their environmental footprints, and running more sustainable businesses.
The companies that comprise the clean tech sector, which spans aspects such as renewable energy, transportation, materials and water, are developing processes and products to assist companies in reaching their green goals.
“Manufacturing Goes Clean and Green” details how clean technologies are not only widening in scope but they are also creating substantial economic opportunities. Learn why new markets are energizing old industries.
In fact, some cities and states are leaders in the development of the global clean tech market. “Clean Tech Industry’s Call to Action” explains what leading states and metros have in place to support thriving clean tech clusters, focused on leadership in technology, policy and capital. Find out what needs to be done to further expand this job creating sector, including the formation of a national Green Infrastructure Bank.
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