Building Bridges II: One Year Later

One year ago this month NJPRO and InnovationNJ joined with Lt. Governor Guagdagno at Rutgers University to launch our Building Bridges II report. In the year that has passed, much activity has occurred to advance the recommendations in the report. For example, New Jersey’s universities embraced the recommendation to partner with industry. Through research like Building Bridges II, NJPRO aims to influence the public policy discussion and raise issues of importance to the business community. We look forward to the continued implementation of our recommendations over the next year.

Highlights of the past year include:

March 2013

  • Building Bridges II Report Launched
  • Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno announced the implementation of one of the report’s key recommendations in establishing the New Jersey Council on Innovation that is chaired by Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks.

April-June 2013

  • NJPRO educated policymakers, business and academia on Building Bridges II Report. Our extensive outreach included meeting with key industry and academic leaders, giving presentations at business groups, and conducting outreach to all higher education institutions for their comment on the report.

August 2013

  • Council on Innovation holds strategic planning session. Creates subcomittees to address key recommendations from Building Bridges II report including asset database, IP reform, workforce alignment and new markets/finance committees.

September- November 2013

  • Council on Innovation subcommittees begin to advance NJPRO recommendations 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

November 2013

  • NJIT President Joel Bloom speaks before Somerset County Business Partnership and stresses the importance of business higher education partnerships. Encourages attendees to read NJPRO reports.

December 2013

  • Council on Innovation subcommittees submit progress update to Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks

March 2014

  • One of the key recommendations of the Building Bridges II report, expanding collaboration with the business community is among the recommendations made in the new strategic plan for Rutgers. The five-year plan is a bold and comprehensive blueprint that will propel Rutgers into the ranks of the nation’s premier public universities, and enhanced corporate partnerships and relationships are a key goal.
  • Lockheed Martin and Rowan University kick off an innovative, strategic partnership to develop new technologies for a broad range of radar system applications in support of national defense.

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