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EDA, SBA receive support on the Hill

February 20, 2020

Just days after the White House proposed eliminating EDA’s and SBA’s innovation programs, SSTI’s Innovation Advocacy Council held more than two dozen meetings on Capitol Hill. Teams of universities, venture development organizations and statewide entities talked with congressional staff about the importance of the Regional Innovation Strategies (now “Build to Scale”), the Regional Innovation Clusters, and Federal and State Technology Partnership (FAST) programs. Offices were largely interested in, and supportive of, the message. While this first Hill Day of the year is over, you can still support funding for these programs by contacting your congressional offices. SSTI is happy to facilitate this for members — contact Jason Rittenberg (rittenberg@ssti.org | 614-901-1690) to get started.