How innovative is Kentucky? A new study ranks all states

business-561388_1280From Louisville Business First:

Kentucky is ranked as a “Modest Innovator” in a new report produced by the Consumer Electronics Association.

The CEA’s first ever state Innovation Scorecard ranks all 50 states and Washington, D.C., based on their willingness and ability to encourage innovation. The rankings are based on 10 categories, including “entrepreneurial activity,” “fast Internet” and “innovation momentum.”

Kentucky scored well in some categories, earning a B+ in “entrepreneurial activity” and B’s in “tax-friendliness” and “innovation momentum.” However, the state earned a D+ in the “grants STEM degrees” category, D’s in the “tech workforce” and “attracts investment” sections and a D- in the “fast Internet” category. Kentucky made an F in the “right-to-work” section.

Other states listed as “Modest Innovators,” which is the lowest ranking in the report, include New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, West Virginia, Maine, Alaska and Hawaii.

Indiana is listed as one of the 10 “Innovation Champions” in the report. The others that also received the highest ranking in the report are Delaware, Michigan, North Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.

Click here for the full report.

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