Growing a strong economy — now and for the futurePosted on Dec 28, 2017 in Capitol Connection, Featured
• Continued building on record tourism and international business development -The Ige administration brought more global travelers to the state and expanded routes from the U.S. mainland and Asia.
• Expanded programs to build an innovation economy -These efforts ranged from STEM education in the DOE and UH to Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s efforts to promote small business, startups and the Entrepreneur Sandbox in Kaka‘ako, set to break ground soon.
“The innovators are the ones who spur our economy and become our future leaders,” said Governor Ige. “We have to start early with our young people so they can develop their careers right here at home.”
• Founded and expanded the Hawai‘i Annual Code Challenge – Based on an idea from the governor, the state paired several hundred coders with state departments to improve services. “The HACC proves we have the local talent to find solutions to government challenges,” said the governor.