Neil Abercrombie today unveiled his Technology and Innovation Plan, the latest in a series of policy papers outlining his priorities as a gubernatorial candidate.
“We need to weave technology and innovation into our economy to grow new businesses, raise productivity and create good jobs,” said Abercrombie. “But it can only happen by building a disciplined policy that brings together the Office of the Governor, the Legislature, the university system, the private sector, and communities.”
Abercrombie cited recent efforts to dismantle and renege on tax incentives for technology-related investments in Hawaii companies. “This sudden change in state policy sent the absolute worst message to businesses, investors, and the talented people we need in Hawaii,” he said.
1. Tax incentives for investments and support for capital formation
2. Build tech development and commercialization centers
3. Appoint Chief Information Officer to redesign government systems
4. Establish Innovation Labs in public schools
5. Integrate University of Hawaii technology transfer initiatives with private businesses
6. Establish Technology Council to design and monitor technology policy
7. Improve government process to support businesses
Jeff Hong, principal consultant with Microsoft Consulting Services Hawaii, endorsed the Abercrombie Plan. “Neil recognizes the leadership to create innovative and sustainable business practices in both the private and public sectors must start from the Office of the Governor,” he said. “The Abercrombie Plan gives investors and technology professionals the necessary support to build a business base in Hawaii.”
"Its great to finally see a coherent holistic tech strategy from a gubernatorial candidate,” said Dan Leuck, president of Ikayzo, which provides IT and software development services for Bank of America, Nomura Securities and the Army Corps of Engineers and local government agencies.
“The Abercrombie Plan shows solid understanding of the lessons learned from a 30-year effort to diversify Hawaii’s economy,” said David Fisher, principal consultant of Maui Venture Consulting. “What’s particularly important is the recognition of the need for education and involvement for all ages and sectors of our society.”
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