16 Oct Governor Doyle signs innovation agreement with Manitoba
MADISON – Wisconsin and Manitoba, Canada, have entered into an agreement that promotes a working relationship between Wisconsin and Manitoba and builds upon current efforts to advance emerging technologies and enhance the mid-continent knowledge “IQ” corridor.
Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle and Manitoba Premier Gary Doer signed the memorandum of understanding at a Thursday ceremony in the state Capitol. Doer is in Wisconsin as part of a trade group that includes government and business leaders from Manitoba.
“Wisconsin and Manitoba share a strong past and a bright future in research and technology development,” Governor Doyle said. “This agreement builds on our common strengths and commits to continuing collaboration that will lead the future of innovation and grow our economies.”
“Wisconsin is one of Manitoba’s most important trading partners,” Premier Doer said. “And we share much in common in terms of investing in research and development in the areas of bio and life sciences, the knowledge sector, renewable energy, water treatment and management, and other new and advanced technologies. Much more can be accomplished when we work together and share resources, creativity and expertise.”
Wisconsin sent about $745 million worth of goods to Manitoba last year and bought about $280 million.
The agreement calls for collaboration in research and development and business relationships in a variety of fields including renewable energy and working together to promote bilateral trade.
To view the full text of the MOU, visit: http://www.wisgov.state.wi.us/docview.asp?docid=18028.