PDE 2.0: Expanded Viewpoints and Coverage of State and Local Policy

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Interest from policymakers and thought leaders on how to foster positive enabling environments for nascent entrepreneurs and young firms has increased over the past few years both in the United States and around the world. New and young firms, and the entrepreneurs who take risks to start and scale them, are being seen as central not only in terms of new jobs but also for their innovations and the resulting increase in standards of living for all.

We are pleased therefore to welcome you to the new and expanded Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship (PDE) hosted by the Kauffman Foundation -- at www.kauffman.org -- and the Public Forum Institute (PFI) where we will bring you greater depth and analysis with access to more thought leadership. Integrating PFI’s work with the Research and Policy team at the Kauffman Foundation will bring more depth and scope for those working to smooth the path of entrepreneurs through policymaking and public sector-driven programming.

First, I am pleased to introduce my colleague Jason Wiens from the Kauffman Foundation who will bring greater insight to PDE into public policy experimentation at all levels of government, including at the state and local levels where we have seen less attention and analysis. Jason will also expand on Kauffman Foundation-published Entrepreneurship Policy Digests and will keep you up to date on developments in Washington, DC. While my experience on Capitol Hill was working for the House of Representatives, Jason joins the effort with more recent experience with relevant policy issues working for the U.S. Senate.

Secondly, we will also from time to time bring you more guest blog posts from policymakers and other thinkers in the space. PDE has always maintained an impartial and non-partisan lens when discussing research and policy ideas around advancing entrepreneurship and will continue to bring a diversity of thought leadership and perspectives.

While a focus on how public policy can better increase entrepreneurial activity will remain at the heart of our work, we will continue to more broadly monitor all public sector programming relevant to entrepreneurs, and provide commentary from time to time on interesting research or smart policymaking ideas from other parts of the world. This will include engaging with global gatherings of startup savvy policymakers and researchers and participating in efforts such as the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network, Startup Nations, the Global Entrepreneurship Congress and similar communities and conferences that seek to provide evidenced-based policy and programming ideas to enable more citizens to realize their potential as “doers and makers” of things and therefore as engines of our economies.

Your feedback will always be welcome. Thank you.

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