Governments should expand learning and work opportunities for all workers by investing in broadband and entrepreneurship hubs. This would entail investing in a comprehensive approach to fostering innovation, using local institutions and infrastructure and accessing investment capital to help the entrepreneurial economy thrive in all communities, including rural areas.
Red Wing, Minnesota partnered with the Center on Rural Innovation to raise local funds to match a U.S. Economic Development Administration i6 Challenge grant to fund a $1.7 million regional effort to support entrepreneurs and talent development across an 11-county region in rural southeastern Minnesota. This project expects to advance 30 emerging entrepreneurs, meet the talent needs of 15 employers, and prepare 75 students for the future workforce.
In 2015, Gov. Earl Tomblin and West Virginia University partnered to create the Governor’s School of Entrepreneurship, a free three-week summer boot camp that invites high school students to learn business basics and participate in pitch and startup competitions.