About SSTI

SSTI strengthens initiatives to create a better future through science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.

As the most comprehensive resource available for those involved in technology-based economic development, SSTI offers the services that are needed to help build tech-based economies. We strive to maximize the capacity of our members to deliver successful outcomes within the context of the complex innovation communities in which they participate.

Since its inception in 1996, SSTI has developed a nationwide network of practitioners and policymakers dedicated to improving the economy through science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. To best assist nurturing more vibrant economies, SSTI conducts research on common performance standards, identifies best practices, analyzes trends in and policies affecting tech-based economic development, and fosters greater cooperation among and between all public, private and nonprofit organizations encouraging prosperity.

SSTI supplies information about tech-based economic development through:

  • The Web: SSTI's website allows users to learn more about leading tech-based economic development programs, take advantage of links to hundreds of available resources, and reference past newsletters.
  • SSTI Weekly Digest: SSTI's free weekly electronic newsletter provides readers with valuable, timely information on critical issues affecting the tech-based economic development community.
  • Funding Supplement: This members-only electronic publication accompanies the SSTI Weekly Digest and provides readers with application information, eligibility criteria and submission deadlines for hundreds of funding opportunities offered by the federal government and others.

SSTI's Annual Conference offers invaluable opportunities for tech-based economic development practitioners and policymakers to further their professional development and learn how to apply best practices to their situation. Through seminars led by seasoned professionals, the conference offers participants the chance to discover successful approaches to building tech-based economies, gain information about new and existing federal programs, and reach a better understanding of trends in tech-based economic development.

SSTI maintains current and historical information about tech-based economic development programs and the impact they have. SSTI sponsors and affiliates can access the information from our in-house comprehensive and up-to-date library by searching this website or through phone and e-mail discussions with knowledgeable SSTI staff.

SSTI conducts research to provide practitioners and policymakers with information essential to the development, implementation and evaluation of policies and programs for building tech-based economies. In recent years, SSTI has examined the amount of state spending on tech-based economic development, state R&D tax incentives, and best practices in developing a science and technology strategic plan.