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Promoting Innovation and Competitiveness

President Bush's Technology Agenda

"The role of government is not to create wealth; the role of our government is to create an environment in which the entrepreneur can flourish, in which minds can expand, in which technologies can reach new frontiers."
     - President George W. Bush

The United States has long been the leader in innovation and technological invention. From Thomas Jefferson to Gordon Moore, American ingenuity has helped expand the nation's economy and increase our standard of living. Today more than ever before, technology development and individual enterprise are the critical drivers of economic growth, both in the U.S. and around the world.

New technologies are revolutionizing the way we learn, work and play - all while improving our quality of life. Agricultural technologies are increasing crop yields while reducing the need to spray herbicides and insecticides on our foods and into our environment.

Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies are generating new cures and treatments that help us live longer and healthier lives. Advances in health care have increased life expectancies, while CAT scans and MRIs, laser scalpels, endoscopes and blood-cleaning technologies make surgery safer, less invasive and more precise.

New computational power has given us the keys to our genetic code, transformed the global economy, helped us in our war on terrorism, and opened a universe of business and community service opportunities.

Finally, high speed data networks known as broadband offer great potential to increase productivity, promote economic growth and revolutionize how we deliver health care.

President Bush believes that government has an important role to play in creating an environment in which innovators can generate new ideas and entrepreneurs can turn these ideas into new products, new companies and new jobs.

As the birthplace of the Internet, and home to the world's most important information technology companies, the United States is well positioned to continue its leadership in technical innovations for years to come. This report highlights steps the President is taking to ensure that America realizes this promise. Specifically, the President is:

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