Increasing Prosperity Through Economic Opportunity
Initiatives that provide services and other support to help unleash the economic potential of people or build a 21st century workforce that is prepared to meet the needs of local companies. This category recognizes initiatives including but not limited to: supporting the inclusion of underrepresented groups in the innovation economy; preparing a STEM-educated workforce; or, connecting workers with the training and/or education necessary to address the needs of key regional industries.
Evaluation Criteria for Increasing Prosperity Through Economic Opportunity
Applications will be evaluated according to a scoring system with a set of weighted criteria based on the applicant’s ability to clearly demonstrate: impact, transferability, partnerships, context, ability to achieve its vision, and innovativeness. Judges will provide an overall score and a breakout score for the six criteria listed below.
- Impact = 25%
- Transferability of Lessons Learned = 20%
- Partnerships = 15%
- Context = 15%
- Ability to Achieve its Vision = 15%
- Innovativeness = 10%