Monday, July 27, 2009

Clean Tech In Northeast Ohio

Whether you call it "clean tech or "green tech", regions around the world are aiming to take advantage of the coming economic boom in that sector. A reason why many places will fail is the lack of talent available:

However, to date there are no leading Israeli solar power companies on the market. There is an innate inertia at work in Israel cautioning the country to adhere to what it knows best ? IT and telecom ? while stifling potential investment and diversion of talent to clean technology. While there is no shortage of smart scientists and clean tech research, there is a surprising lack of clean tech entrepreneurs.
Relative to most, Israel is in a strong position. The hope is that the state will encourage existing entrepreneurs to migrate towards clean technology startups. There are enough ideas coming out of the universities, but few people who can bring them to market.

Northeast Ohio's challenge is different. While more entrepreneurial talent would be welcome, the primary problem will be the pool of available talent to staff these new companies or help established ones to expand operations. As the federal largess streams in, what's the workforce development strategy?

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