The Georgia Innovation Group: An assessment of the National Science Foundation's local government technology-sharing initiative
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Numerous attempts have been made in recent years to make local governments more innovative. Several of these efforts have been directed by federal agencies through various “capacity-building” initiatives. The intergovernmental science division of the National Science Foundation recently sponsored a national technology-sharing project consisting of independent innovation networks. The project was called the NSF Innovation Group Program, and its goal was to establish a process whereby individual local governments could experiment with innovative concepts and transfer the results to other local governments.
This paper details the experience of the Georgia Innovation Group. It offers insight into both the organizational development and the operational environment of the Group. The paper focuses on the problems the program encountered in Georgia, and elsewhere, and suggests that the interest in “innovation” among local governments may not be strong enough to justify extensive federal technology-sharing activities.
KeywordsEconomic Growth Local Government National Science Foundation Operational Environment Industrial Organization
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