CSG Innovation Classroom: The Knowledge Economy - America's Economic Development Engine

Friday, Dec. 11, 10 -11 a.m. CST & Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 -11 a.m. CST
Research institutions are a key ingredient to innovation and long-term economic growth, and the United States has a long history of being a global leader. Understandingyour state’s comparative research strengthsis critical when adopting a comprehensive workforce and economic development strategy, but identifying those strengths can be difficult. Join us as we demonstrate tools that can help you identify your state’s research strengths, and learn how to collaborate with the private and academic sectors to maximize those advantages. This innovation classroom is presented by Elsevier.


The Innovation Classroom series is designed to provide engaging and interactive experiences for conference attendees. In recent years, the programming provided through CSG’s Innovation Classroom has focused on trainings on Facebook and Twitter, inbox management, protecting your online identity, understanding privacy settings, the cloud, cybersecurity, GIS mapping, and other online best practices and technology advancements impacting officials and the states.



Brad Fenwick
Senior Vice President
Fenwick formerly held research executive roles as vice chancellor for research and engagement at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and as vice president for research at Virginia Tech. He completed his B.S. in biology, D.V.M, and M.S. at Kansas State University and his Ph.D. in comparative pathology and residency in diagnostic pathology at the University of California, Davis. He also was a professor of pathobiology at the College of Veterinary Medicine and adjunct professor in the Department of Microbiology in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


Anthony Boccanfuso


Taylor Eighmy
Vice Chancellor for Research & Engagement
The University of Tennessee