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California's High-Tech Leadership Driven by Diverse Regional Innovation Ecosystems

California, one of the nation's leading science and technology states, was one of the hardest hit states in the country during the recent economic recession. The state lost 1.3 million jobs and faced years of government deficits which forced difficult decisions on programs and infrastructure essential to its high-tech economy. But despite the challenges, California remains one of the top environments for high-tech innovation, due in part to the different strengths of three key regions in the state.

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California Innovation Ecosystems

DARPA Head Praised by Forbes as top "Under-Appreciated" Leader of 2014

Arati Prabhakar, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), was recently cited by Forbes as one of 2014's top five "unsung and underappreciated" leaders, someone who makes a difference through "capability, reliability, and authenticity." She is the only U.S. leader on the Forbes list.

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Arati Prabhakar

CalTAC: The California Teacher Advisory Council

CalTAC was formed in 2005 as a means for bringing real world classroom experience - the wisdom of practice - to policy makers and others whose decisions affect the quality of science and math education in California schools. Made up of a carefully selected group of award winning, highly accomplished teachers from across the state, CalTAC has been working to provide greater opportunities for students to engage in the STEM disciplines as well as to improve their academic performance.

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CalTAC

CCST S&T Policy Fellows: Science and Technology Informing Policy

In 2009, CCST launched a program to embed scientists directly in the California state legislature. Ten young PhDs scientists were awarded fellowships in a variety of committee and legislator offices in Sacramento. Five years later, this pilot program has been declared a success and extended. Our Fellows are in high demand in Sacramento, and their contributions have been praised year after year on the floor of the California Assembly and Senate.

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S&T Policy Fellows

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