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More mobile options for hot technology in new year

December 30, 2010

Daily Herald Home automation systems allows us to control everything from lighting to temperature to appliances to security from a single integrated source. With an iPad or other easily portable tablet coupled with new software and the expansion of high-speed Internet, we’re poised to control our building environment in ways only previously seen in sci-fi [...]

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Obama warns of new ‘Sputnik moment’ for United States

December 7, 2010

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.–President Obama warned of another “Sputnik moment” in the United States in a speech here, saying the country must invest in innovation and technology as it did in the 1950′s and 60′s to match the Soviet Union, which launched Sputnik, the first satellite to orbit the earth “We need a commitment to innovation we [...]

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Illinois Consumer and Research Groups Join Forces with GridWise® Alliance

November 16, 2010

The GridWise Alliance today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC) and the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) to work together on smart grid issues.

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BIO to Return to Chicago in 2013 and 2016


November 1, 2010

The Biotechnology Industry Organization said its international convention will return to Chicago’s McCormick Place in 2013 and 2016. The convention attracts more than 15,000 people from the agricultural, pharmaceutical and medical device industries as well as government leaders from around the world.

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The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announces that the BIO International Convention will return to Chicago, IL in 2013 and 2016

October 29, 2010

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today announces that the BIO International Convention – the global event for biotechnology – will return to Chicago, Ill. in 2013 and 2016.

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Clean Energy Trust Invites Illinois Entrepreneurs to Compete in the Clean Energy Challenge 2011

October 18, 2010

New Chicago-based Nonprofit launches Business Competition; U.S. Department of Energy Sponsors $100,000 Prize.

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State Economic Development Director Announces $6 Million in Federal Stimulus Funding to Boost Energy Efficiency, Create Jobs in East Central Illinois

October 5, 2010

[Champaign, IL] – Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Director Warren Ribley today visited EpiWorks, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of specialty semiconductors used in the solar energy industry, to highlight the efforts of Governor Quinn and DCEO to retool the Illinois economy to grow green industry businesses and create thousands of green [...]

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Manufacturing Growth Accelerator Expands to Chicago-area: Local economic development group nets $2.5 million grant to take services statewide

September 23, 2010

[Peoria, IL] – Building on its decade-plus record of improving the productivity and global competitiveness of downstate manufacturing companies, the Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center (IMEC) announced it had won a $2.5 million competitive contract to bring its job-creating expertise to the Chicago area. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) [...]

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SBA Powers Up Illinois Smart Grid Cluster

September 21, 2010

More reliable electricity, better energy efficiency and new jobs could be coming to the Chicago area, thanks to a collaborative effort to develop a Smart Grid Regional Innovation Cluster that has received new funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration. With a $600,000 contract from the SBA announced Sept. 20, the Illinois Smart Grid Cluster [...]

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The New “Cluster Moment”: How Regional Innovation Clusters Can Foster the Next Economy

Twenty years after Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter introduced the concept to the policy community and 10 years after its wide state adoption, clusters-geographic concentrations of interconnected firms and supporting or coordinating organizations-have reemerged as a key tool and rubric in Washington and in the nation’s economic regions. After a decade of delay, the [...]

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