This report summarizes lessons learned in the course of the 2006-2007 Innovation America initiative, paying special attention to the role of governors in establishing best practices. In collaboration with leading experts, the NGA Center for Best Practices produced several reports expanding on Innovation America's three core strategies: improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education; improving the alignment of the postsecondary system with state economies; and encouraging regional economic growth. This final report:

  • Highlights strategies and best practices around those three themes, stressing the importance of innovation and the governors' role in advancing and encouraging it
  • Spotlights key findings from an NGA-commissioned survey that gauged Americans' "innovation attitude," conducted by noted researcher Dr. Frank Luntz, who uncovered the ways in which governors can inspire citizens to embrace a successful innovation agenda
  • Looks ahead to sustaining the innovation agenda in the future and provides best practices around the three Innovation America themes, with illuminating snapshots from Governor Napolitano's site visits to state innovation hubs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Cupertino, California; and Woodbury, Minnesota