In July 2020, Alabama governor Kay Ivey established the Alabama Innovation Commission (AIC), aimed at building the state’s competitiveness in the technology sector, inspiring entrepreneurship, and educating a 21st century work force. The AIC serves as a platform for innovators to engage policymakers, exchange ideas, and identify policies that promote innovation in the state.

The focus on state and local issues represents a pivot from Hoover's traditional focus on policy making at the federal level. As such, it presents a unique opportunity. One-size-fits-all solutions tend not to work in a nation as diverse as the United States. Hoover’s engagement at the state and local level has increased its potential to impact policy making in a meaningful way, thereby improving the lives of Americans.

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Innovative Alabama

Innovative Alabama: A Report by the Hoover Institution

Alabama’s leaders recognize that the state holds unlocked potential to grow and spread innovative industries across the state. Governor Kay Ivey convened the Alabama Innovation Commission to stimulate economic growth with a focus on entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology. The commission has made progress toward that goal with the signing of the Alabama Innovation Corporation into state law and the establishment of a federal grant–matching program for small businesses. These measures constitute an important step in creating the legal and financial infrastructure necessary to support an innovation ecosystem within Alabama.

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