One of the primary missions of N2TEC Institute is to encourage and develop High Performance Regions (HPRs) in areas of the United States where individual communities cannot become prosperous without creating regional linkages.
HPRs are based on Seven High-Performance Community Action Strategies: connectivity, entrepreneurship, job growth from within, global awareness, industry clusters, inter-firm collaboration, and regional collaboration. An HPR is a place where individuals, companies, organizations, and government agencies are enabled to be fast, flexible, focused, networked, customized, and global. Completing the HPR Index provides a snapshot of a region's readiness for innovation and technology-based development.
N2TEC Institute is a trusted authority on effective commercialization practices and the development of High Performance Regions. We accomplish this in a number of ways:
The East River Technology Corridor spans the eastern half of South Dakota, from Aberdeen in the north to Vermillion in the south and is part of the larger I29 corridor that extends from Fargo, North Dakota to Kansas City, Missouri. It is along this corridor that regional development is taking place that will bring new technology businesses to the heartland.
The objective of the N2TEC Rural Pilot Project in the Black Hills region of South Dakota is to demonstrate the ability to effectively network innovators, entrepreneurs, and entrepreneurial communities to develop new technology-based businesses and expand existing businesses in rural regions.
The Red River Valley Research Corridor builds on the research capacity of North Dakota’s major research institutions to help build and attract high-tech businesses, generate new economic opportunities, and create good-paying jobs for the region.
N2TEC Institute has achieved its mission and will be shutting down. We started this institute in Rapid City, South Dakota in 2006, with the mission of bringing the wealth creation process to rural communities through technology startups. Over the years, we’ve worked with hundreds of wonderful people in many states in the Heartland. We have seen the economic force that is entrepreneurship take hold in dozens of communities that had never taken advantage of the entrepreneurial resources and talent they had. And we have seen young people who had moved to big cities return to build businesses in the communities where they grew up and generate new, high-paying jobs.