The STEM2 Hub will be the base infrastructure needed to coordinate and execute the vision of providing the essential missing elements needed to accelerate the growth of STEM2 education and careers. The Hub will bring together three sectors—business, education, and the community – to focus on eight key pillars needed for success.

The STEM2 Hub is similar to the central part of a wheel, rotating on or with the axle, and from which the spokes radiate, thereby ensuring the whole wheel moves forward in unisome. The Hub will convene regional and national stakeholders to identify options to eliminate the essential missing elements needed to accelerate the growth of STEM education and careers in our region.

There is currently no single point of convergence for the disparate ideas, organizations, or programs that relate to STEM2 in our community. Creating an organization that is focused on setting goals to improve shared outcomes, the STEM2 Hub will be the place to provide the missing structure and organization. Furthermore, the Hub will provide a well thought out strategy to achieve those outcomes, and hold organizations accountable for their role in improving STEM2 in our region.

The Hub will highlight and showcase best practice approaches to establishing a vibrant regional STEM Hub and advance needed policy changes to support this vision.

You can’t get where you are going without knowing where you are, and where you are headed.  The STEM2 Hub’s first task will be to complete a “State of STEM2 Report” for Northeast Florida.  The results, data, and baselines will be used to set measurable, achievable goals and continue to track our success.

The Hub will also create programs where voids exist. Beginning with the K-12 sector, where exposure to STEM2 fields can help grow the input of students who focus on STEM2 education so that we can produce the needed larger output of STEM2 students. We will start by increasing the numbers of after -school programs focusing on STEM2, as well as working with higher education to increase the size and attractiveness of their STEM2 programs. On the business side we will encourage, cultivate, and support STEM2 businesses as an important part of growing the ecosySTEM in our region. There is opportunity to partner with or develop an incubator/accelerator program to help launch business ideas in Northeast Florida. Helping to connect capital to these entrepreneurs, as well as making sure there is pathway from idea to profitability could ultimately put the exclamation point on a vibrant STEM2 ecosySTEM!

The Hub believes it is vital to communicate and celebrate our regional successes to attract even more talent to the STEM2 fields. Communicating the success of education programs as well as startup and established businesses is crucial to attracting more talent to the area, internally and externally.

The Hub will engage with national non-profits and governmental agencies to help identify, write, and bring STEM2 grants to Jacksonville. The Hub will work with our regional partners to ensure we establish a best practice approach to competing for national grants.

Encouraging, cultivating, and supporting STEM2 businesses is an important part of growing the ecosySTEM. We believe there is opportunity to partner with or develop an incubator/accelerator program to help launch business ideas in Northeast Florida. Helping to connect capital to these entrepreneurs, as well as making sure there is pathway from idea to profitability could ultimately put the exclamation point on a vibrant STEM2 ecosySTEM.