I recently had the honor to escort Dr. Eitan Yudilevich, the Executive Director from the BIRD Foundation (Binational Industry Research & Development) Foundation to meetings with Connecticut companies looking to work collaboratively on joint technology for research and innovation. The BIRD Foundation, a government-funded, conditional grant between the United States and Israel, has supported mutual benefit since 1977, expanding global collaboration.
Connecticut was selected as one of three states (Texas and Ohio) to be visited by Dr. Yudilevich. MetroHartford Alliance and the state’s Department of Economic & Community Development scheduled meetings with some of the state’s major employers and several privately-held businesses looking to expand global opportunities for innovations. The timing couldn’t be any better. Our state legislators were given the opportunity to meet with the U.S. representative from BIRD to hear first-hand how the organization works and the value for collaboration.
For decades, Connecticut and the Hartford region have lead the nation in innovation, a story we are happy to tell. Now with the expansion of several accelerators in the Hartford region, we are seeing startups work collaboratively with industry leaders to impact the change in technology.
There has been much in the news about the strengths of Connecticut and the Hartford region. For example, the Hartford metro-area was ranked #4 by Fortune as a tech-hub for jobs. The region was also ranked #6 as an area with a high college graduate percentage by a Brookings Institute. Stemming from the Amazon HQ2 search, Hartford was included among hundreds of cities in the Brookings study positioned in the top 10 on the list. Hartford was among five of the 20 cities identified. In each of these cities, more than 45 percent of millennials graduated from college.
It was a pleasure hosting Dr. Yudilevich and showing him first-hand all that we offer in Hartford. Making his list of U.S. stops is helpful and gratifying. Now we just need to continue telling our story to the world.
Becky Nolan is Vice President of Global Business Development, MetroHartford Alliance
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