Clemson Cited as National Leader in Economic Development


Clemson University is among 12 universities nationwide that have been cited for helping drive economic growth at a time when more states are looking to their higher-education institutions to create jobs and investment.

The university has expanded research and development, enhanced instructional programs and adopted a “daring and novel” mission in a “relatively short” 15 years, according to the new book “Innovation U 2.0: Reinventing University Roles in a Knowledge Economy.”

The authors, Louis Tornatzky and Elaine Rideout, called Clemson an “enlightening example” that continued its progress even as the last recession hit South Carolina particularly hard.

They cited Clemson’s 2020 Roadmap, fundraising campaign, leadership, partnerships with industry and willingness to collaborate across disciplines.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker looks at the Deep Orange concept vehicle at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research in Greenville. CU-ICAR is one of four innovation campuses spread across the state that are key to Clemson’s economic development strategy.

Other case studies in the book involved Arizona State University, Brigham Young University, California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, North Carolina State University, Purdue University, Stanford University, University of Florida and University of Utah.

The book is serving as the foundation for a conference at Research Triangle Park in Durham, N.C. on June 24 and 25. For more information and to read the book, go to



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