SENATE RESOLUTION 39
(By Senators Palumbo, Stollings, Beach, Facemire, Plymale, Unger, Cline and Prezioso)
[Introduced March 16, 2017]
Designating March 16, 2017, as Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day at the Capitol.
Whereas, Research and innovation continue to be bedrocks of the nation’s economic strength and vitality, and facilitating innovation-based economic development and the growth of entrepreneurial companies are critical to our state’s future and prosperity; and
Whereas, Entrepreneurs and small businesses create the vast majority of the new jobs in the United States; and
Whereas, Research and development activities being done in both federally funded, university and private laboratories in our state are important for new discoveries, scientific and engineering solutions and potential commercialization opportunities; and
Whereas, Innovations in manufacturing, such as 3D printing, are opening new opportunities for West Virginia’s small manufacturing firms to develop new products and processes to improve their bottom lines; and
Whereas, Improving access to early stage, seed and risk capital remains a critical need that is being addressed by various programs, such as the West Virginia Capital Access Program, the INNOVA Commercialization Fund, the West Virginia Jobs Investment Trust and other vital lending programs; and
Whereas, More than 130 organizations, agencies and companies are working together to help advance the state’s innovation and entrepreneurship potential and capacity; and
Whereas, West Virginia has developed an integrated ecosystem of public and private organizations, agencies and financial firms working collaboratively to spur entrepreneurship, innovation enterprises and job creation; and
Whereas, Many of these innovation drivers are here at the Capitol today as part of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day hosted by TechConnect West Virginia and TransTech Energy Business Development Program; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate:
That the Senate hereby designates March 16, 2017, as Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day at the Capitol; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Senate acknowledges the long-term economic opportunities that an innovation-based economy and entrepreneurial culture can provide our state’s citizens; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the representatives of TechConnect West Virginia and TransTech Energy Business Development Program.