White House unveils new innovation strategy

09:47, February 05, 2011      

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Following a theme of "winning the future" in President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, the White House on Friday rolled out a new report outlining new initiatives to achieve the president's goals.

In a report titled "A Strategy for American Innovation: Securing Our Economic Growth and Prosperity," the White House reiterated the president's call to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.

The White House touted the strategy as "a multifaceted, commonsense, and sustained approach to ensuring that America will win the future."

The report listed new initiatives on wireless access, clean energy, education and others. The Wireless Initiative aims to cover 98 percent of Americans with high-speed wireless access within five years.

In terms of developing clean energy, the report reiterated the president's goal of delivering 80 percent of the nation's electricity from clean sources by 2035. It proposed to create three new Energy Innovations Hubs to solve challenges in critical areas, and to fund research, development, and deployment initiatives that will help the U.S. reach the goal of one million advanced technology vehicles on the road by 2015.

To improve students' performance, particularly science and math skills, the Obama administration plans to train 100,000 new science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers over 10 years, and build on the success of Race to the Top in spurring school reform.

The Startup America Initiative, which the White House unveiled Monday, is also part of the strategy. It seeks to accelerate the transfer of research breakthroughs from university labs, invest 2 billion dollars in capital for entrepreneurs, improve the regulatory environment for starting and growing new businesses, and increase connections between entrepreneurs and high-quality business mentors.

Analysts say Obama hopes to use the new slogan -- "win the future" -- to rebrand himself as someone farsighted to pursue a second presidential term. But the new idea was completely rejected by Republicans as playing the old games under a new name. They criticized Obama's "investment and win" strategy as a new round of government expansion, which will further burden the federal budget and make the deficits even bigger.

Source: Xinhua
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