• 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!
  • Brag About Your Success!

    Each year, SSTI recognizes initiatives that greatly impact regional economies through a national competition showcasing innovative approaches to building tech-based economies. SSTI's open call for applications for the 2014 Excellence in TBED awards begins April 16.
  • 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.
  • SSTI's FY15 Budget Request Special Issue

    Each year, SSTI provides Digest readers with a review of TBED spending in the the president's federal budget request. Throughout the week, we'll be offering an agency-by-agency look at proposed spending on research, business assistance and economic development...
  • 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.

Register Now for the May 7 Awards Informational Call

April 24, 2014

Visit www.sstiawards.org to sign up for the May 7 call to learn more about the 2014 awards program and for helpful hints on writing an outstanding application. This could be your year to capture national recognition for your local, state or regional innovation efforts. Check out the latest adventures of SSTI’s Traveling Vase

Georgia, Kansas Budgets Fund Innovation Infrastructure

April 24, 2014

State leaders often cite publicly supported innovation infrastructure as investments in jobs of the future. When targeted and executed smartly, such investments can spur job growth over the long-term and help advance technology commercialization. Lawmakers in Georgia and Kansas recently passed budgets that include funding to support high-tech research facilities and similar measures are pending in several other states. The University of Georgia (UGA) is slated to receive nearly $45 million for a Science Learning Center and, in Kansas, the legislature approved $2 million for creation of a new Innovation Campus aimed at attracting technology jobs.

$150M Rural Investment Fund to Support Cutting-Edge Ag Businesses

April 24, 2014

As part of an effort to support rural, small businesses in cutting-edge fields such as bio-manufacturing and advanced energy production, the USDA announced a new capital access initiative to facilitate private investment. The $150 million investment fund is being formed under USDA’s Rural Business Investment Program and will be managed by Advantage Capital Partners. Read the announcement.

DOL, SBA Announce Funding to Support Regional Industries to Compete in Global Economy

April 23, 2014

The Department of Labor (DOL) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) recently announced programs that will provide financial support to help states and regions assist key industries and small businesses compete in the global economy through the development of regionally focused workforce development and export assistance programs.

Five Sector-Focused Innovation Labs Aim to Support New Jersey Businesses

April 23, 2014

A new effort by the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) seeks to make existing companies more competitive, support the growth of startups and create jobs by leveraging the assets of government, industry and higher education around five sector-focused labs. NJIT will launch a new nonprofit corporation, the New Jersey Innovation Institute, to support the labs – geared toward civil infrastructure, defense and homeland security, healthcare delivery systems, biopharmaceutical production, and financial services.

For Earth Day: Toward a Better Understanding of Our Regional Innovation Systems

April 17, 2014

The strategic direction of good regional innovation investments, from research through commercialization and production, must be based on the best information regarding the current trends, assets and needs of the regional innovation system. Socio-economic data and asset mapping tools - available through sources like the three EDA-funded sites: Stats America and US Cluster Mapping and the Regional Innovation Acceleration Network (RIAN) – provide good starting points.