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Chief Innovation Officer, Issue 12

Where we look at the new self driving car policy

8Nov

Welcome to the 12th edition of the Chief Innovation Officer magazine.

With the election looming to decide whose name is marked in history as the 45th President of the United States, the fate of the country hangs in the balance. Hillary Clinton has held a lead over Donald Trump for the vast majority of the campaign but, though a Trump victory would be a shock, it’s still a possibility.

It’s almost a unanimously held opinion among business leaders that a Trump presidency would be disastrous for the US - no Fortune 100 CEO is backing the Republican candidate - but what of a Clinton administration?

President Obama’s presidency has seen the US jump in the list of the world’s most innovative countries from 10th to fourth. This is largely due to the strength of its global facing markets, value of stock trades, and widespread implementation of internet technology. Obama said in 2015: ’Twenty-first century businesses will rely on American science and technology, research and development… I want Americans to win the race for the kinds of discoveries that unleash new jobs.’

And Clinton is the candidate looking to continue Obama’s work. Speaking to NBC in September, AOL co-founder Steve Case broke his habit of not engaging with politics publicly and endorsed Hillary Clinton for her commitment to innovation. ‘We need to make sure we remain the most innovative entrepreneurial nation,’ he said. ‘Some of that relates to immigration, some of that relates to investment incentives, some of that relates to getting the right regulations in place. I just think Clinton would be a much better president for this next future than Trump.’

Renewable energy has been a big part of Hillary Clinton’s policy proposal - she stated in the most recent televised debate that the country could become the 21st century ‘renewable energy superpower’ that it has the potential to be. A project like this will require ingenuity from both the public and private sectors, though, and the Democratic candidate seems committed to nurturing it.

Whatever the outcome of the impending election, the US will need to continue working if it’s to become the innovation leader its businesspeople so often claim it is. Clinton is expected to be announced president on November 9th and, having avoided a Donald Trump presidency, the country should continue its good work.

As always, if you have any comment on the magazine or are interested in contributing, please contact me at csammonds@theiegroup.com.

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