Connecticut is the nations 9th most innovative state, according to a new analysis by the financial website WalletHub.  The state also placed sixth in research & development spending per capita and ninth in venture-capital funding per capita, the review of the 50 states found.

Overall, the top 10 most innovative states included District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, California, Colorado, Washington, Virginia, Utah, Connecticut and New Hampshire.  New Jersey ranked #12 and New York was #16.  At the other end of the spectrum, the least innovative states were Louisiana, Mississippi and West Virginia.

In individual categories, Connecticut placed:

  • 13th – Share of STEM Professionals
  • 14thShare of Science & Engineering Graduates Aged 25+
  • 15th – Projected STEM-Job Demand by 2020
  • 15th – Avg. Internet Speed
  • 24th – Share of Technology Companies
  • 27th – Eighth-Grade Math & Science Performance

WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across two key dimensions, “Human Capital” and “Innovation Environment,” evaluating those dimensions using 18 relevant metrics.

The Norwalk Hour is reporting that Connecticut Public Television is moving forward with its plan to create an innovation and tech center along Wall Street in the heart of Norwalk. The project would require bonding from the state, with Connecticut Public Broadcasting borrowing another $5 million to $7 million, Hearst Connecticut Media learned last October.

The Connecticut Technology Council’s annual Women of Innovation event takes place next week, on March 29.  The Women of Innovation event seeks to create :”a growing network of women in the “trenches” of STEM.” Finalists are the scientists, researchers, academics, manufacturers, student leaders, drafters, entrepreneurs, and technicians “who create tomorrow’s advancements through their tireless efforts today,” the organization said.  The awards will recognize Academic Innovation and Leadership at the High School and College level, Community Innovation and Leadership, Entrepreneurial Innovation and Leadership and Research and Innovation Leadership, as well as innovation and leadership at small and large businesses.

Data used to create the ranking were collected from U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Science Foundation, National Center for Education Statistics, Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Tax Foundation, Consumer Technology Association, Akamai Technologies, U.S. Cluster Mapping Project and National Venture Capital Association.

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