• Join us in Chicago for SSTI's 2014 Annual Conference

    SSTI’s Annual Conference will be held in Chicago, September 14-16, 2014. SSTI's conference offers the right balance of activities to achieve better connections, closer collaboration, and a stronger community. Registration is now open!
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    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.
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    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.
  • J.B. Pritzker is an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. He is Managing Partner of Pritzker Group, a private investment firm that comprises three professional investment teams: middle-market acquisitions, technology venture capital and asset management.

Enabling Entrepreneurship in College Towns

August 28, 2014

As a wave of new freshmen begins to enter the halls of college campuses, a new trend is emerging – students staying. While the idea of students staying an extra year or two might make some parents cringe, in reality, college towns have proven to be an ideal environment not just for young people, but for young companies as well.

Federal Agencies Instructed to Prioritize Tech Transfer Collaboration in FY16 Budget

August 28, 2014

Recent memoranda issued by the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Science and Technology policy include the support of lab-to-market technology commercialization as a key pillar of cross-agency spending for the upcoming fiscal year.  The White House instructs agencies to explain how resources are being redirected from low priority efforts to multi-agency collaborations in specific fields, including advanced manufacturing, clean energy, earth observation, global climate change, information technology, life sciences, homeland security and research policy-making.

U.S. Business R&D Highly Concentrated in a Few States

August 28, 2014

About 70 percent of 2011 U.S. business R&D spending occurred in 10 states, according to a report from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES). California leads the country in overall business R&D, and nearly every top industry.  Both the San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland and Los Angeles-Long Beach area rank in the top three areas for business research.  Other top states include Washington, with high spending on software R&D, and Texas, a leader in semiconductor and mining research.

Defining Successful Regional Innovation Clusters

August 21, 2014

To compete in the global world market, regions must continue to evolve and better understand how best practices support their regional industries, including defining the benchmarks of a successful industry cluster. In a recent academic article from Harvard researchers, Mercedes Delgado, Michael Porter, and Scott Stern unveiled a new algorithm tool that generates and assesses sets of cluster definitions. The new algorithm will be integrated into the U.S. Cluster Mapping Project to help researchers and policymakers cultivate more successful regional clusters.

EDA Director to Share His Vision of Agency's Future

August 21, 2014

In one of his first appearances at a national economic development conference, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams will address SSTI's Annual Conference on September 15 in Chicago.

Global Investors Confident in U.S. Economy, Not Government

August 21, 2014

Global investors are more confident investing in the U.S. than anywhere else in the world, according to a recent survey from Deloitte and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA).  Confidence in the U.S. macroeconomy and U.S. investments has now grown for the third straight year and continues to lead among the 12 countries included in the study. Respondents, however, indicated that they had a negative opinion of the country’s investment policy environment. U.S.