SOURCE: Kauffman Foundation

November 13, 2008 09:27 ET

Tele-News Conference: Kauffman Foundation 2008 State New Economy Index, Nov. 18th 11:30 a.m. EST

Index Ranks States on Their Economic Structure and Ability to Compete on National and International Levels

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - November 13, 2008) -


Which states are leading the United States' transformation into a global, entrepreneurial, knowledge- and innovation-based New Economy... and which are lagging behind?

On Nov. 18, 2008, during Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) will release the 2008 State New Economy Index, a measurement of each state's economic structure. The Index ranks the 50 states according to how their economies are structured and their ability to operate effectively in order to compete nationally and globally. It divides 29 indicators into five categories that best capture the New Economy: knowledge jobs, globalization, economic dynamism, transformation to a digital economy and technological innovation capacity.

Additionally, the Index outlines a detailed and innovative public policy framework of "best practices" that state officials can use as a guide to transform their economies and ensure rising standards of living for their residents.

Members of the media are invited to dial in and post questions during this live tele-news conference.


* Robert Litan, vice president of Research & Policy, Kauffman Foundation

* Dr. Robert D. Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and primary author of the Index

Among the discussion points presented at the news teleconference:

--  What constitutes the New Economy?
--  Which state economies are furthest ahead and why?
--  Implications for state economic growth
--  The key building blocks for a success strategy
--  Lessons learned for policy makers


Dial 800-768-6570; enter confirmation code: 4696490


Tuesday, Nov. 18, 11:30 a.m. EST


To RSVP and receive an advanced, embargoed report, contact Rossana Weitekamp, 516-792-1462,

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