THE QUESTIONS

How is your town, city or region ensuring it’s economic future success?

You must connect your great asset, k12 students, to your regional Industry players

Authentically and with High Frequency to create the workforce and dynamic citizens of tomorrow.

Standard Academics

Abraham Lincoln stated that “upon the subject of education … I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in.”

Trades 4.0

30 million jobs in the United States that pay an average of $55,000 per year don’t require bachelor’s degrees.“ -Mike Clifton, Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Re-engage their Curiosity

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

-Walt Disney

Entrepreneurial Mindset

CEO if Datical, Derek Hutson said “Entrepreneurship is at the core of the American dream. It’s about blazing new trails, about believing in yourself, your mission and inspiring others to join you in the journey. What sets [entrepreneurs] apart is the will, courage and sometimes recklessness to actually do it.”

Articulate

James Humes lays it out plain and simple for us, “the art of communication is the language of leadership.”

Meaningful Soft-Skill Training

“We need to think about how we teach working-class children about not just hard skills, like reading and mathematics, but also soft skills, like conflict resolution and financial management.”

– J. D. Vance

THE ISSUE

The primary driver of a city’s future economy, and especially job creation, will be small business innovation, largely from advances in science and engineering. While historically largely upper and middle class white males have achieved these advances, our nation’s demographics are growing exponentially in our poor white and populations of color. As our nation acknowledges these demographic shifts, we must inspire and prepare our nation’s new majority to invent the next robotics platform, pioneer aerospace breakthroughs, or develop sustainable energy solutions. While we are focused on STREAM career and college readiness for our underserved youth, we have neglected how we develop their STREAM plus entrepreneurial skills to pursue STREAM “ownership” careers and succeed in STREAM college degrees. How does a regional economy proceed in mining its greatest resource?