THE SENATE                           S.C.R. NO.            51
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                    SENATE  CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION

  RELATING TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF ENTREPRENEURIAL PATHWAYS FOR
    ECONOMIC GROWTH INTO THE NEW MILLENNIUM.


 1        WHEREAS, Hawaii's economy has experienced a period of
 2   unprecedented stagnation which has stimulated an unwarranted
 3   air of pessimism concerning our economic future; and
 4   
 5        WHEREAS, Hawaii possesses both capabilities and resources
 6   which hold tremendous promise for diversifying and expanding
 7   our economic base, as well as for advancing our education,
 8   training, and employment opportunities into the 21st Century;
 9   and
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11        WHEREAS, these resources and capabilities in such areas as
12   astronomy, alternative and renewable energy, aviation
13   management, biotechnology, engineering and architectural
14   innovation, environmental protection, healthcare, information
15   technology, ocean research and development, remote sensing, and
16   telecommunications, already give our State a competitive
17   advantage; and
18   
19        WHEREAS, with the onset of the New Millennium, it is both
20   timely and urgent that we develop new entrepreneurial pathways
21   to overcome this unwarranted pessimism and enable Hawaii's
22   economy to move briskly ahead into the 21st Century; and
23   
24        WHEREAS, it is mainly by building government-industry-
25   university partnerships that we can improve our ability to
26   develop and market Hawaii's environmental, human, and
27   technological resources and capabilities; now, therefore,
28   
29        BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twentieth Legislature
30   of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 1999, the House of
31   Representatives concurring, that the Department of Business,
32   Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT) conduct a
33   comprehensive assessment of Hawaii's strategic environmental,
34   human, and technological resources and capabilities, focusing
35   on activities that can be initiated currently but whose impacts
36   will mainly be felt in the early years of the New Millennium;
37   and

 
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 2        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this New Millennium assessment
 3   shall include but not be limited to:
 4   
 5        (1)  A summary of Hawaii's strategic environmental, human,
 6             and technological resources and capabilities that can
 7             be used to attract overseas investment and diversify
 8             the State's economy;
 9   
10        (2)  Estimates of current national and international
11             trends and future demands for products and services
12             in key industries that correspond to the strategic
13             resources and capabilities identified above,
14             including evaluations of Hawaii's competitive ability
15             to meet these demands;
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17        (3)  Recommendations for promoting and enhancing the
18             visibility and attractiveness of Hawaii's strategic
19             assets in world markets; and
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21        (4)  A strategy for promoting and sustaining partnerships
22             among government, industrial, and educational
23             policies and programs that can facilitate networking
24             of resources, expedite technology transfers, and
25             foster entrepreneurial growth, both now and into the
26             New Millennium; 
27   
28   and
29   
30        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that DBEDT shall work in
31   collaboration with all appropriate government, university, and
32   industry departments and programs statewide in preparing this
33   assessment; and
34   
35        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this New Millennium report
36   shall be submitted to the Legislature not later than twenty
37   days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 2000; and
38   
39        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this
40   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Director of
41   Business, Economic Development, and Tourism.
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