News

Illinois Stem Coalition Says State’s Talent Will Attract Innovative Companies

Illinois Stem Coalition Says State’s Talent Will Attract Innovative Companies

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

The race for jobs pits city against city – state against state. Taxes, weather, and access to transportation are one thing – actually, they’re three things. But the head of the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition says it boils down to who has the best human capital.

“The driving factor that we hear time and time again is that we live in a knowledge-based economy driven by innovation, and companies will sink or swim based on their ability to attract and retain talent,” says the coalition’s president and CEO, Mark Harris. “In Illinois, we believe our key value proposition for companies is the talent that we have, and I think that will attract, and continue to attract, companies to want to be here and to want to stay here.”

Key to that, Harris says, is STEM – science, technology, engineering, and math education. The Illinois Innovation Index that the coalition puts out shows the state is catching up to the national average in STEM, with 24.3 percent of degrees conferred in the state in 2012 being in STEM, short of the national average of 26.3 percent. Illinois’ STEM proportion is up from 20.7 in 2009.

Recent Headlines

8 hours ago in Local

Multiple Accident Ties Up Traffic: Police Cite Driver With Medical Emergency

ambulance

A multiple accident ties up traffic in Springfield during morning rush hour.

9 hours ago in Local

Home Health Care Advocates Beg Governor Rauner To Keep Overtime

SEIU_Healthcare

Advocates of Home Health Care push for Governor Rauner to reconsider banning overtime

13 hours ago in Local

Springfield-Based Ag Manufacturer Takes Over Utah Company

brandt fertilizer

A Springfield-based agriculture products manufacturer is on the move once again to expand its portfolio.

13 hours ago in Local

Former Springfield Administrator Officially Out in Galesburg

Tammie Bolden WGIL

A former Springfield school principal and teacher is officially now out of a job at the place she left the capital for.

13 hours ago in Local

McCann: Hard to Get Leaders’ Attention

2-3-16 McCann

State Senator Sam McCann says it would be nice if he could go in and say he wants to vote right now on a budget, but that's not the reality.