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Sept 8 -- The Department of Commerce (DOC) is currently seeking applications for membership on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE). NACIE advises the Secretary of Commerce (the Secretary) on matters related to accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship, advancing the commercialization of research and development, promoting workforce development, and other related matters.
 
An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), the Economic Development Administration (EDA) invests in communities and supports regional collaboration to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth. The mission of EDA is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation's regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy.

The National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE)'s establishment is authorized by section 25(c) of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980, as amended (15 U.S.C. 3720(c)) and is managed by EDA's Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE). Additional information regarding OIE can be found at https://eda.gov/​oie/​. Additional information regarding NACIE can be found at https://www.eda.gov/​oie/​nacie/​.

EDA is accepting applications for membership on NACIE for a two-year term beginning on the date of appointment. Members will be selected based on their ability to advise the Secretary on matters relating to the acceleration of innovation and the support for and expansion of entrepreneurship including but not limited to the matters set forth in 15 U.S.C. 3720(b) and:

Strategies to support geographic diversification and growth of America's innovation clusters and technology hubs in regions outside of traditional coastal markets;

the development of federal policy and program recommendations, through policy and program vehicles such as the American Jobs Plan and the American Rescue Plan, to support economic growth, resilience, high-growth entrepreneurship and innovation across business sectors and geographies;

policies that increase equitable access to, and representation in, entrepreneurship opportunities by historically excluded populations, communities, and geographies;

insights into opportunities to increase American innovation and competitiveness in industries of the future, including but not limited to artificial intelligence, biotechnology, advanced computing, advanced materials and manufacturing, cybersecurity, and clean technology;

the development and expansion of successful talent and workforce development initiatives to create high quality jobs and to support American innovation and competitiveness; and

the identification and promotion of best practices that accelerate the commercialization of research and intellectual property.

NACIE will identify and recommend solutions to issues critical to driving the innovation economy, including enabling entrepreneurs and firms to successfully access and develop a skilled, globally competitive workforce. NACIE will also serve as a vehicle for ongoing dialogue with the innovation, entrepreneurship, and workforce development communities, including but not limited to business and trade associations. The duties of NACIE are solely advisory, and it shall report to the Secretary through EDA and the Office of the Secretary.
 
FR notice inviting applications for NACIE membership: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/09/08/2021-19169/national-advisory-council-on-innovation-and-entrepreneurship-nacie-solicitation-of-applications

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