Aelera(R) Releases 2007 State Knowledge Economy Index: New Index of Competitive Position in the Knowledge Economy Now Available

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With just a click of the mouse, states can now see where they rank in Aelera's State Knowledge Economy Index (SKEI). Aelera Corporation today published the first annual edition of its SKEI, a free index which examines the critical elements that reflect all 50 states' competitive position in an increasingly knowledge-intensive economy.

The index will help state leadership set benchmarks for evaluating progress in building human capital, developing their capacity to innovate, stimulating research and development activity, and improving the public education system.

    "As the global economy has transitioned into an increasingly knowledge-intensive economy, state leaders must revisit and focus their policies with respect to innovation, research and development, human capital, and education - the four key assets that our SKEI analyzes and ranks," stated Dustin Crane, CEO and president of Aelera. "Federal and state policymakers are beginning to respond to this challenge; the America COMPETES Act and the Innovation America initiative are two examples of strong leadership. However, many states have much to accomplish if they hope to remain competitive in the global, knowledge-based economy."

According to Matthew Tarleton, economic development analyst at Aelera, understanding the current performance and competitive position of their respective states is the first step for state leaders and policymakers in setting new agendas. "The index will help state leadership set benchmarks for evaluating progress in building human capital, developing their capacity to innovate, stimulating research and development activity, and improving the public education system."

For remarks and quotes regarding each individual state's performance, click here.

About Aelera

For more than 13 years, Aelera has delivered innovative, cost-effective technology and consulting solutions to improve and streamline the marketing, customer support, and operational functions of mid-market to multi-billion dollar companies. Today, the company is strategically expanding its offerings with the introduction of a proprietary, web-based product - Aelera MightyShare(SM), providing real-time collaboration, business intelligence, and economic development analysis. For more information, visit http://www.aelera.com.

About Aelera's State Knowledge Economy Index

The SKEI examines the assets that determine a state's competitiveness in an increasingly knowledge-intensive economy. A total of 13 indicators are included, capturing the relative performance of each state in four key assets that will drive future competitiveness - human capital, innovation capacity, research and development, and public education. For a printer-friendly version, please contact Matthew Tarleton.

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