Raytheon Missile Systems would like to see local and state governments be pro-business, support education and help create an environment that makes people and businesses want to come to Tucson.
Taylor W. Lawrence, president of Raytheon Missile Systems, gave that assessment in response to a question at an Arizona Technology Council luncheon speech June 16 at the Desert Diamond Casino and Hotel.
“We need to do what we can to retain talent,” Lawrence said. “If the talent goes to other states, businesses and industry will have to go where the talent is.”
.In his speech, Lawrence stated that "education was a concern." He explained that "as baby boomers begin to retire, the United States will face a shortage of engineers and innovators." According to the article, Lawrence quoted a study "showing that in 2004 China produced 500,000 engineers, India produced 200,000 and the United States produced on 70,000 engineering graduates."
"Because of these alarming facts, we feel an urgency to put as much effort into science, technology, engineering and math education as possible for our youth,” Lawrence said.
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News: Education and Priorities a Concern for Raytheon, Inside Tucson Business, June 18, 2010