Ms. Palmintera is the founder and President of Innovation Associates, Inc. (IA). IA was founded in 1988 to apply science and technology resources such as universities and federal laboratories to enhance the economic competitiveness of cities and states. IA also works with the public, academic and private sectors to promote innovation through public-private partnerships. Clients include: National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Small Business Administration, Commission of the European Community, U.S. states and several European countries.
Ms. Palmintera recently developed a state strategy for Connecticut to leverage the state’s universities to achieve economic goals. The state Technology Transfer Act is based on IA’s action plan and was signed into law by the Governor in 2005. IA’s report – Accelerating Economic Development through University Technology Transfer – presents best practices that served as a basis for the strategy. Current work for the National Science Foundation expands on IA’s work of leveraging universities for economic growth and attraction.
Ms. Palmintera also authored Partners on a Mission: Federal Laboratories Contributing to Economic Development and was the primary author of Developing High-Technology Communities: San Diego that was highlighted in the Wall Street Journal. She has provided a wide range of consulting services including benchmarking, evaluations, strategic planning and training on technology transfer, commercialization, innovation centers, entrepreneurial development, seed capital, incubators, research parks, and economic conversion. She has assessed best practices in numerous states and 15 countries.
Prior to founding IA, Ms. Palmintera held senior/consulting positions with the National Governors’ Association, U.S. Conference of Mayors, and National Alliance of Business, and was an Associate of the Urban Institute. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.