Senator Mark Warner speaking with members of the Bay Area Council

Showing off the burgeoning vitality and success of Mission Bay, the Council on Thursday hosted Senator Mark Warner of Virginia for an engaging discussion on innovation and the economy.  Senator Warner, co-founder of Nextel and former Governor of Virginia, emphasized the need for a real innovation strategy in the United States, citing that we have “lost a decade in terms of innovation” in this country.  He touched on the need for an expanded R&D tax credit that could spur innovation the way it did in the 1980’s, and the need to implement a “one in, one out” strategy for adopting new federal business regulations.  The morning’s most poignant moment was when Senator Warner issued a call to action to the business leaders in the room, urging them to become more engaged in the political process to help make strides in innovation, science and technology. We wholeheartedly agree with his message and look forward to partnering with Senator Warner on federal policy to promote innovation and job growth in the future.

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