Connecticut is known as the land of Yankee Ingenuity, with good reason, but if the state is to retain its historic preeminence, it will need to step up its game. The state ranks #8 in patents per 100,000 workers, according to data compiled by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2010). The top ten: Vermont, California, Washington, Idaho, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, Connecticut, New Hampshire and New Jersey. Connecticut’s 131.3 patents per 100,000 workers is well above the US average of 93.3 patents. Hoping to spur more collaboration locally, The Business Council of Fairfield County has launched a new Center for Growth Resources, in collaboration with the Connecticut Technology Council, Connecticut Innovations, and the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, among other entities, the Fairfield County Business Journal has reported. Connecticut is also actively promoting initiatives such as the Stamford Innovation Center and Startup Connecticut, among others.