Progress in San Diego's inoovation enterprise market depends on scientific reseaarch funded by federal money. Rep. SCott Peters (D-San Diego) grought researchers and business leaders together at UCSD in mid-August to work on planning research undertakings that avoid any losses in the financial investments the federal government regularly invests to guarantee long term success on the scinetific collaborations.
The Innovation Economy symposium gave the field leaders an opportunity to gauge how much support th Congress in Washington, DC has been willing to give to one of America's model innovation towns. And, ask Congress to spare another dime.
Peters called on the leaders to agree on a large investment that has serious weight in guaranteeing work on innovation is a success in San Diego. Before the symposium, he said, "As a country it is imperative we adequately fund scientific research."
San DIego is "growing" as an example of a town that produces innovation and technology "that can set an example for how universities an government can work collaboratively."
Adding to th currently large, and successful, local investments in BIOCOM, CleanTech, and CONNECT, select areas for federal investments, made god conversation at the symposium. Heads of the three trade organizations weighed in at the event with Peters and fellow congressman, the democratic whip, Rep. Steny Hoyer. Former Mayor Jerry Sanders, now the CEO at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, kept on working on his old work on keping sowing the seeds of innovation in San Diego a mandate in Washington. The CEO of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation also weighed in.
Peters has been asking Washington lawmakers to open the purse strings to support growth in local innovation enterprises. Biofuel was the creative local enterprise he, in July, asked for money from the federal spending accounts. Clean biodiesel is just one promising product that has been proving useful inthe field. Innovation in clean fuel research can overcome delays in making full progress towards the energy diversity that keeps America from staying dependent on foreign fuel sources.
This is an On The Watch Take.