Science, Technology & Innovation News

Keep up with the latest news from the Office of Science, Technology & Innovation.

Commerce Spotlights Importance of STEM Education for Economic Development
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Dr. John Hardin, Executive Director of Commerce's Office of Science, Technology, & Innovation, served as the keynote speaker at the STEM East: E2 Summit at the Riverfront Convention Center in New Bern, May 3. The annual event convenes regional school districts and employers in the state's eastern region to enable a dialog around workforce needs and preparation strategies. read more ...

2018 Global Best to Invest
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
From Site Selection magazine, May 2018. read more ...

New Survey Confirms Importance and Future Potential of the Carolina’s Energy Economy
Monday, April 16, 2018
Report recommends greater collaboration among energy economy stakeholders and enhanced tools to drive future innovation and economic growth read more ...

Governor Cooper Announces 367 New Jobs in Iredell County
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Corvid Technologies will locate its headquarters in Iredell County, creating 367 new jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced today (March 27). The company, which provides physics-based engineering solutions for the defense, automotive, aircraft, and biomedical industries, will invest $28.9 million in Mooresville. The news also demonstrates the value of the state's One North Carolina Small Business program, which matches federal innovation grants with state funds to help promising early-stage technology companies. read more ...

EDC continues to rethink its development approach
Saturday, January 06, 2018
The Person County Economic Development Commission is continuing its discussion of the so-called innovation economy and whether this relatively new economic model presents an opportunity for Person County.

Commission members heard presentations at its Tuesday, Dec. 19, meeting from John Hardin, executive director of the North Carolina Board of Science, Technology and Innovation; and Sarah Langar Hall, policy manager for the Institute of Emerging Issues at N.C. State University. read more ...

New Report Recommends Steps to Enhance Innovation in North Carolina
Thursday, December 21, 2017
Sixth edition of the state’s ‘Tracking Innovation’ report encourages more R&D activity from business; suggests more focus on STEM education needed for the state’s workforce read more ...

Innovation in the Spotlight
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
The topic of innovation-based economic development was in the spotlight at the North Carolina Economic Developers Association December networking luncheon, held December 7 in Raleigh.

Dr. John Hardin, Executive Director of the Office of Science, Technology & Innovation moderated the disussion and offered remarks. Joining Dr. Hardin were panelists Adrienne Cole, President and CEO of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and Christopher Gergen, CEO of Forward Impact and Co-Founder of Forward Cities.

Dr. Hardin also recently participated in a local symposium for people interested or engaged with the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The symposium, hosted by the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) December 4, provided opportunities to speak one-on-one with program officers and staff from the various federal agencies that fund the SBIR and STTR grants.

The One North Carolina Small Business Fund, managed by Dr. Hardin's office, provides matching funds to companies that have been awarded one of the federal technology grants and completes a highly-competitive selection process. The state fund is a key resource to support innovative new companies as they grow and add jobs in North Carolina. read more ...

Gov. Cooper Announces New Appointments to State Boards and Commissions
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Governor Roy Cooper announced 39 new appointments to various state boards and commissions. read more ...

Office of Science, Technology & Innovation Wins National Visibility
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
A poster exhibit created to highlight the state's One North Carolina Small Business Fund has won recognition from a respected national publication that covers developments in science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. read more ...

Early Stage Tech Companies to Get Seed Funds to Spur Growth
Monday, August 21, 2017
$1.9 million in vital capital will go to 32 small businesses across the state, Gov. Cooper announces read more ...

Communicating Science to Skeptical Audiences
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
This is a guest post by Anelle Ammons, a graduate student in NC State’s Department of Horticultural Science. The post addresses key points raised during the Communicating Science Conference (ComSciCon) held in Research Triangle Park in March 2017. read more ...

First in Future: NC Office of Science, Technology & Innovation Executive Director John Hardin
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
These days, we’re inundated by what the North Carolina Office of Science, Technology and Innovation call a “data tsunami.” Here’s a mind-blowing number from their recently released report: We have collected more data about ourselves and our world in the past two years than we have collected in all of human history. Given that data – and its influence on our lives – isn’t going away, we need to find a way to do more with it. This week, we sit down with John Hardin, Executive Director of the Office of Science, Technology and Innovation, to tease out some of the ways we could use data to help us be “first in future.” We also unmask John’s favorite superhero – an amalgam of all the core strengths embodied by forward-thinking North Carolinians. read more ...

Data Economy
Thursday, February 09, 2017
N.C. Board of Science, Technology & Innovation recommends action to position state for success in the new economic environment read more ...

Partnership with E4 Carolinas
Wednesday, February 01, 2017
In 2017, E4 Carolinas, the North Carolina Office of Science, Technology and Innovation (OSTI), part of the North Carolina Department of Commerce, and other energy organizations will join together to create the Southeast’s Energy Innovation Collaborative. read more ...

One North Carolina Small Business Grants Go to 29 Companies
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Governor Pat McCrory and Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III announced today that $1.7 million from the One North Carolina Small Business Program has been awarded to 29 small companies across 13 North Carolina communities. The companies will use the funds to develop new products, hire additional employees, and purchase equipment and materials. read more ...

One North Carolina Small Business Grants Go To 40 Companies
Thursday, September 08, 2016
Governor Pat McCrory announced today that promising North Carolina technology firms are moving closer to their next stage of growth thanks to grant awards from the One North Carolina Small Business Fund. In 2015-16, 40 companies across 16 communities received awards from the fund, totaling $1.95 million in grants. read more ...

2015 Innovation Index Showcases North Carolina
Friday, December 18, 2015
Report Tracks State’s Performance across 39 Measures read more ...

Disruptive Innovation
Friday, April 18, 2014
From the research labs at our universities to the studios of small, private start-up companies, the Carolinas have successfully created clusters of innovation. Now, policy makers are seeking ways to help commercialize the work of researchers while ensuring a steady pipeline of talent is being trained to sustain the development of our research corridors. On this program. Dr. Dirk Brown of the University of South Carolina, Dr. John Hardin of the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Bill Mahoney of SCRA and Dr. Michael Walden of NC State University discuss the disruptive nature of successful innovators and the task of matching technologically saavy researchers with capable business leaders. read more ...

‘Optimism’ expressed for local innovation economy
Friday, March 14, 2014
Innovation occurs in an ecosystem, where individual components thrive off one another and allow for evolution. Those components—entrepreneurial spirit, research and development, intellectual property lawyers, venture capital availability, among others—exist in Wilmington. But they’re not quite churning—yet. So says John Hardin, executive director of the N.C. Board of Science & Technology, who visited the Port City on Thursday to observe its potential in the innovation economy. read more ...

North Carolina's Innovation Economy Has A Long Way To Go
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
A new Report by the North Carolina Department of Commerce's Office of Science & Technology shows the state is a leader in innovation, but it also points out the many ways in which we need to improve. Host Frank Stasio talks about the report with John Hardin, executive director of the Office of Science & Technology. read more ...

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