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McNair Center Director Meets with Ted Cruz, congressional staff members

Edward J. Egan, director of the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, recently met in Washington with Sen. Ted Cruz, senior staff for Rep. Ted Poe, and counsel and staff from the House and Senate Small Business Committees, the House Science Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss U.S. economic growth. In January, the Baker Institute published Egan's recommendations regarding the U.S. patent market, small businesses and the high-tech sector as part of its 2017 series "Recommendations for the New Administration." His policy briefs are listed below:

The Next Engine of U.S. GDP Growth: The Market for Ideas

Prosperity Through Growth: Unleashing the Power of U.S. Small Business

The Key Driver of Economic Growth in the 21st Century: High-growth, High-tech Entrepreneurship


From left to right: Sen. Ted Cruz; Nathan Cook, director of governmental relations, Rice University; and Edward J. Egan, director, McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Baker Institute.