• Oklahoma City Selected to Host SSTI 2015 Annual Conference

    SSTI is proud to announce that Oklahoma City has been selected to host the 2015 Annual Conference, October 26-28, 2015, at the Cox Convention Center.
  • Access the SSTI Webinar Library

    SSTI’s monthly webinar series, Inspiring Thought, is an affordable way to stay on top of new ideas in encouraging economic growth. Miss a webinar? No problem. Past webinars are now available for purchase.
  • Download SSTI's 2013 TBED Trends Report

    In 2013, a slow yet stable national economic recovery gave rise to many new initiatives across states and regions with a shift toward targeted and refined investments in the high-tech economy for quicker returns.

Is There a Crisis in Seed Stage Venture Capital?

January 29, 2015

The first wave of year-end 2014 data on U.S. venture investment painted a portrait of a resurgent capital market. Investment activity reached its highest level of activity in a decade, finally shaking off the stagnation of the Great Recession (see last week’s article). Within the data, however, there were some concerning trends.

How Can Policymakers Restart America’s Entrepreneurial Engine?

January 29, 2015

In a report released by the Commission on Entrepreneurship and Middle-Class Jobs at this year’s Milstein Symposium, a convening held at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center dedicated to restoring the American Dream, the authors deliberate the significant barriers to American entrepreneurship and postulate potential policy recommendations. Ultimately, the authors propose five ideas that they believe would help rebuild the American dream by promoting entrepreneurship:

Higher Ed a Priority in MD, MN, FL Budgets

January 29, 2015

Governors in Maryland, Minnesota, and Florida proposed substantial funds to higher education in their budgets this week, with an emphasis on affordable education and expanded research capacity.

R&D Tax Credits Increase Resiliency of R&D-Intensive Firms

January 29, 2015

As the federal and state governments look for methods to support the creation and retention of well-paying science and tech (S&T) and manufacturing jobs, two recent reports have found that R&D tax credits play a vital role in helping keep domestic R&D-intensive firms resilient from economic downtowns and competition from emerging economics.

Tech Talkin’ Govs: HI, MT Govs Address Innovation Infrastructure, Apprenticeships

January 29, 2015

SSTI's Tech Talkin' Govs series has returned as governors across the country formally convene the 2015 legislative sessions. The series highlights new and expanded TBED proposals from governors' State of the State, Budget and Inaugural addresses.

Commerce Announces Next Round for Manufacturing Communities Competition

January 29, 2015

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced a second round of the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) competition. IMCP, a cross-agency initiative, coordinates federal investments behind long-term economic development strategies in manufacturing communities. The first four designee communities were announced in May 2014.

DOE Establishes Council to Accelerate Clean Job Growth

January 29, 2015

Ernest Moniz, the U.S. Secretary of Energy, announced the creation of the Jobs Strategy Council (JSC), an initiative to develop a methodology for providing consistent, usable data measuring energy job growth and help align workforce development systems with the needs of the clean energy industries through partnerships with the private sector, community college systems, union apprenticeship programs, and other educational institutions.