Annual Conferences

Since 1996, SSTI’s annual conference has grown to become the nation’s largest gathering of the tech-based economic development community. SSTI’s annual conference focuses on creating a climate where economic growth occurs organically through science, technology and innovation. It is our hope that each conference inspires more collaboration, creativity and success across the nation. Attendance at the conference consists of:

  • State, local and regional policymakers and program managers;
  • Officials from higher education focused on economic development and partnerships with industry;
  • Leaders of associations and organizations active in economic development, science, technology and innovation; and,
  • Directors and staff from academia, business, and nonprofit organizations who work daily to encourage economic growth through science, technology and innovation.


Upcoming Conference

SSTI's 2024 Annual Conference


Join us December 10-12 in Arizona to connect with and learn from your peers working around the country to strengthen their regional innovation economies.

Over the course of these three days, SSTI’s 2024 Annual Conference will feature:

  • Workshops designed to help you bolster your strategies and communications,
  • Roundtables where you can discuss effective policies and programs with peer practitioners, and
  • Plenary sessions providing updates on significant trends and new ideas for the field.

Visit for more information and sign up to receive updates.


Previous Conferences

Visit the links below to view the PDF brochure from many of our past conferences. The brochures demonstrate that SSTI’s annual conferences offer the right balance of roundtable conversations, presentations, networking sessions, and discussion panels spanning an array of technology-based economic development topics.

SSTI's 2023 Annual Conference
Atlanta, GA
September 6-8, 2023

SSTI's 2022 Annual Conference
Little Rock, Ark.
Spring 2022

SSTI's 2019 Annual Conference
Providence, RI
September 9th-11th, 2019

SSTI's 2018 Annual Conference
Navigating the New Innovation Landscape
Salt Lake City, UT
December 3-5, 2018

SSTI's 2017 Annual Conference
Building Bridges for a Better Future
Washington, DC
September 13-15, 2017

SSTI's 2016 Annual Conference
Innovation With Purpose: Shaping Future Opportunities
Columbus, OH
November 1-3, 2016

SSTI’s 2015 Annual Conference
Cultivating Prosperity: Partners, Ideas, Solutions
Oklahoma City, OK
October 26-28, 2015

SSTI’s 2014 Annual Conference
Regional Prosperity Through Innovation
Chicago, IL
September 14-16, 2014

SSTI’s 2013 Annual Conference
Dynamic Innovation Systems: Bringing It All Together
Portland, OR
September 15-17, 2013

SSTI’s 2012 Annual Conference
The Power of Re-: defining, imagining & energizing regional economies
Atlanta, GA
October 29-30, 2012

SSTI’s 2011 Annual Conference
Innovative Economies, Creating Our Future
Columbus, OH
November 8-9, 2011

SSTI’s 2010 Annual Conference
Accelerating Innovation: The Road Ahead for Tech-Based Economic Development
Pittsburgh, PA
September 14-16, 2010

SSTI’s 2009 Annual Conference
Seize the Moment: Tech-Based Economic Development for the Next Economy
Overland Park, KS
October 21-23, 2009

SSTI’s 2008 Annual Conference
Encouraging Regional Innovation
October 14-16, 2008

SSTI’s 2007 Annual Conference
Transforming Regional Economies
October 18-19, 2007

SSTI’s 10th Annual Conference
Transforming Regional Economies
Oklahoma City October 31 – November 2, 2006

SSTI’s 9th Annual Conference
Investing in a Brighter Future: Building Tech-based Economies
October 19-21, 2005

SSTI’s 8th Annual Conference
Building Tech-based Economies: Preparing for Tomorrow’s Challenges
October 13-15, 2004

SSTI's 7th Annual Conference
Building Tech-based Economies: From Policy to Practice
October 20-22, 2003

SSTI’s 6th Annual Conference
Building Tech-based Economies: From Policy to Practice
October 1-3, 2002