“It’s no surprise that tech entrepreneurs worry about New Jersey’s taxes and cost of living,” said James Barrood, the Tech Council’s president & CEO. “But they also recognize important opportunities for the state to target incentives and seed funding for growth companies and entrepreneurs. These are actions Governor elect Murphy and the new administration can take quickly, as they come to terms with longer-term challenges associated with the cost of doing business here.”
The second part of the survey focused on how elected officials can support the state’s ecosystem of entrepreneurship and innovation within universities and the industry. Results found that elected officials should increase incentives for entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses as well as working on improving the state’s reputation to attract research, talent, startups and growth companies.
Barrood reiterated, “There’s a consensus in the tech community in favor of tech policies combining financial incentives, lower taxes, and more flexible regulations. It’s not about choosing just one element: these all combine to support R&D, nurture invention, and help entrepreneurs take breakthrough innovations to scale.”
By refocusing and changing the way that the state helps retain STEM talent and making the state a more appealing option for talent and companies, the greater the chance for the tech ecosystem within Jersey to thrive. A key way to tackle these issues is for elected government officials to implement such regulations to help lead the way for talent to come into this state. Barrood commends the new Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin for taking the initiative to establish the Science, Innovation and Technology Committee.
There is ample room for progress within the technology ecosystem in New Jersey as the survey suggests. 111 people took this survey and the top results were reported. The survey was distributed to the Tech Council member companies which are based in the state.
Barrood advises, “Governor-elect Murphy can learn from former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s playbook, supporting New Jersey’s tech and innovation ecosystem with many of the tactics, tools, and publicity efforts Bloomberg utilized across the river. Murphy's impressive network of industry, government, and high-profile figures suggests he can exercise similar types of leverage here, if he chooses.”
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About the NJ Tech Council
The New Jersey Tech Council provides business development, education, networking and recognition opportunities as well as advocacy for the state and region’s technology businesses. By collectively representing tech, life science and tech-related companies and organizations as well as the professional firms that support them, the Tech Council has the unique ability to: offer opportunities to learn, network and grow; recognize and promote member companies and their leadership; nurture the tech and STEM talent pipeline critical to growth; provide access to financing sources and additional resources; and advocate and support public policy which strengthens our ecosystem.
Founded in 1996, the Tech Council is a private, nonprofit membership organization, which supports the tech, innovation, and entrepreneurial ecosystems across the state and region.