In today’s globalized world, technology is increasingly essential for firms to compete and prosper. The technological readiness pillar measures the agility with which an economy adopts existing technologies to enhance the productivity of its industries, with specific emphasis on its capacity to fully leverage information and communication technologies (ICTs) in daily activities and production processes for increased efficiency and enabling innovation for competitiveness. 14 ICTs have evolved into the “general purpose technology” of our time, 15 given their critical spillovers to other economic sectors and their role as industry-wide enabling infrastructure. Therefore ICT access and usage are key enablers of countries’ overall technological readiness.
RELATIONSHIP WITH EPA PERFORMANCE MEASURES WQ-27 AND WQ-28
With the advent in Federal Fiscal Year 2015 of two new performance measures tied to tracking State progress under its Vision-based priority schedule, a clear picture is emerging in Kansas as to what constitutes its universe of priorities slated for TMDL development, the associated baseline of previous accomplished work done in 2012 – 2014 under the guise of the Vision and annual targeted commitments of TMDL production anticipated for each year of the 2015 – 2022 time period.
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