Colorado named ‘Innovation Champion’ by Consumer Tech Assn.

Friday May 12, 2017 0 comments Tags: Consumer Technology Association, Innovation Scorecard

ARLINGTON, VA. -- Colorado was scored an “Innovation Champion” by the Consumer Technology Association in an assessment of all 50 states’ innovation and sustainability.consumer-technology-logo

Colorado’s score in the CTA assessment noted:

  • Its absence of right-to-work legislation, but a state law protecting against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Legalizing ridesharing services statewide, and enacting positive municipal rules for homesharing
  • Business-friendly tax policies
  • Strong job and small business growth
  • Average Internet speeds greater than 14,000 kbps
  • A 269,000-person technology workforce
  • Over $109 per capita in venture capital investment in 2016, and $899 per capita in R&D investment
  • 25 college degrees granted in STEM subjects for every 1,000 young people
  • A market-based policy for recycling electronics, along with a ban on disposing of them in state landfills
  • No laws restricting consumer use of self-driving cars or drone technology

Nebraska, Arkansas, Delaware and Utah were ranked the leading states in the nation in pro-innovation policies that strike an “ideal balance” between innovation and sustainability.

The four states have developed programs that collaborate with the technology industry to responsibly recycle electronics while not unnecessarily burdening manufacturers, CTA said.

In addition, the policies in these states have the added benefit of allowing local control of their electronics recycling systems, so local governments can do what works best for them, CTA noted.

Innovation-friendly sustainable policies were part of 10 metrics in CTA’s third annual Innovation Scorecard.

To see a complete CTA listing of states, click here.