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Governor encourages innovation, creativity

by Vienna Wagner
Publication: The Observer

November 15, 2011


Governor Mitch Daniels humored fans of Star Trek as he explained why Indiana should be the place where Notre Dame graduates choose to "go forth and prosper" during his lecture on enterprise and entrepreneurship in the Mendoza College of Business's Entrepreneurial Insights lecture series.

"The objective is to make talented people like you to plant your flag in this state," Daniels said Tuesday. "We want talented people like you to stay in Indiana."

Daniels emphasized the importance of innovation and the creative minds its fosters in the state of Indiana.
"The culture in our state encourages and celebrates those rare individuals who make the most change in our society," Daniels said. "The death of Steve Jobs made people think about the incredible effect that one person can have on the lives of others. The great scientist inventor has more of an impact on history than the greatest statesman."

Entrepreneurs have had a large impact on Daniels's own life, he said. Daniels cited his gubernatorial campaign in 2004 as a direct result of entrepreneurial innovation.

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