Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed April 3 as "Innovation Day" in Illinois during a Leadership Breakfast at the Governor's Mansion that was attended by innovative companies and organizations from across the state. The breakfast and events throughout the day were organized by the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC) and focused on ways to strengthen the state's four pillars of innovation: technology dynamism, talent, investment and capital and business climate.
"Innovation in Illinois drives economic growth, creates jobs and strengthens our state," Governor Quinn said. "We are leading the nation and world in research and entrepreneurship, and my administration is working every day to support the innovative companies and organizations that will keep us at the forefront."
Innovation Day brings the Illinois innovation community together to connect with state leadership and increase awareness of the role of research and technology in driving Illinois' economy forward. This statewide day of action connects government, research institutions, industry and the general public across the state.
"The depth and breadth of innovation that takes place in Illinois is invaluable as it continually creates numerous new products, companies and jobs," Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Director Adam Pollet said. "It has allowed us to attract companies to locate here as well as federal funding for research and development that will drive further innovation and growth."