SSTI Digest

Geography: Pennsylvania

Increased Regional Involvement Leads to Student Retention in Philadelphia, According to New Study

The Philadelphia region increased retention of non-native students (students who are not originally from Philadelphia but attended undergraduate or graduate school in region) by 165% from 2004 to 2010 due to an increase in regional involvement opportunities for students (e.g., volunteer opportunities, internships, off-campus work opportunities and local cultural/entertainment activities), according to a new survey by Campus Philly. The report also found a high correlation between a student having a summer internship and remaining in the region for a year or more (70% of respondents). In comparison, only 40% of students were retained if they interned outside of the region. The report, "From Student to Resident: Findings from Campus Philly's 2010 Student Retention Survey," utilizes data collected from 4,600 students (including undergraduate and graduate students) and recent alumni of Philadelphia colleges and universities. Read the report...

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The Tennessee Biotechnology Association has changed their name to Life Science Tennessee.

Federal Officials, Governors, State Policymakers Share TBED Insight at SSTI Conference

SSTI's 14th Annual Conference agenda features some of the most relevant topics designed to help your efforts to support regional innovation, and this year we're going straight to the top to find out what federal officials, governors, and state policymakers envision on the road ahead for tech-based economic development. Brian McGowan, a senior Economic Development Administration official, will kick off the conference on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 2:00 P.M., sharing with conference attendees critical changes the Obama administration is making to drive federal economic investments toward innovation and technology. The following day features two important plenary sessions to engage the TBED community in discussion on Universities' Roles in Innovation and planning for transition in technology-based economic development presented by three Pennsylvania governors. The same day, Sean Greene from the Small Business Administration will outline SBA's future plans to support high-growth companies and regional innovation strategies in an intimate group setting. View the full agenda ...

Cultivate an "Innovation Champion" at your State Capitol

Pressure on state budgets is at a historic high, and, ultimately, it's going to be state legislators that will make the decisions on how limited resources are allocated. The Road Ahead: The View from Legislators will provide you the opportunity to get a candid assessment from two legislators on what is needed to build support for tech-based economic development in this tough environment and what they see as the road ahead. During this panel-style discussion, Pennsylvania State Senator John Gordner and Georgia State Representative Chuck Martin will provide their insight on a range of topics from state budgets to cultivating an "innovation champion" at your state capitol. You cannot afford to miss this session! Learn more about the session ...

Six Themes That Make Next Week's SSTI Conference a "Can't Miss"

What are the steps in building a successful regional alliance?
How can my region benefit from the Obama administration's vision for innovation?
Where should I look for funding now with state budgets so tight?

Interested in Entrepreneurial Mentoring and Guidance?

Everyday more organizations are realizing the potential of mentoring programs to help assist high-tech entrepreneurs and to build stronger tech industries. In recognition of this growing trend, SSTI will feature two sessions on entrepreneurial mentoring at this year's Annual Conference. The first, Sustaining Entrepreneur-in-Residence & Mentoring Programs, will examine how these programs recruit, retain and support experieinced mentors. The second, Technology Entrepreneurship: Direct Contact Required, will look at the needs of startup entrepreneurs and the role TBED organizations can play in coaching them through the early stages of development. Join us for these exciting discussions and learn about how different programs around the country are meeting the needs of local entrepreneurs. Read more about our sessions ...

SBA Official to Address SSTI Conference

Regular readers of the Digest know that over the last year, SBA has launched a set of new programs and initiatives, including support for cluster development, changes to the SBIC application process, the revival of the FAST program, and a request for information on mentoring and entrepreneurship education for high-growth companies. At SSTI's 14th Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, Sean Greene, SBA's Associate Administrator for Investment and Special Advisor for Innovation, will provide an update on what he and his colleagues at SBA have been working on and are planning for the future. With SBA pursuing a larger role in issues involving tech-based economic development, this session will provide an excellent chance to understand what lies ahead for SBA — and the opportunities presented for regional innovation strategies.

Get the Answers You Need at SSTI's Power Roundtable

SSTI is proud to premier a new type of event at our 14th Annual Conference. The Power Roundtable is equal parts best tips of the trade, informational interviews, and speed dating. We'll start with nationally recognized experts in six critical areas for TBED providing a rapid-fire roundtable of their top four insider tips for success — so you are guaranteed to leave with two dozen of the most important lessons for better TBED practices.

PA Team Awarded Funds to Establish DOE's Third Energy Innovation Hub

A research consortium led by Pennsylvania State University will receive up to $122 million over the next five years to develop an Energy Innovation Hub focused on developing technologies for making buildings more energy efficient. The team will pursue a research, development and demonstration program targeting technologies for single buildings and district-wide systems, according to a news release. This is the third innovation hub announced by DOE this year to receive FY10 funding. A team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory received funding to establish a hub on modeling and simulation for nuclear reactors and the California Institute of Technology was awarded funds to establish a method to produce fuels from sunlight. DOE's hubs are multidisciplinary, highly collaborative teams of scientists and engineers working over a long period of time to achieve a specific high-priority goal. The program is funded at up to $22 million this fiscal year with another $25 million per year expected over the next four years. Read the release:

Free NIST TIP-MEP Regional Meeting at SSTI Annual Conference on Sept. 14

"Tapping the Technology Innovation Program and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership"
On September 14th from 9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M., SSTI is co-hosting a regional meeting with officials from the Technology Innovation Program (TIP) and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) that we encourage you or one of your colleagues to attend. TIP and MEP are two of the most market-driven programs offered by the federal government. The meeting will give you a chance to learn directly from officials with the two programs about:

Interact with Federal Officials Discussing Universities' Roles in Innovation at SSTI Conference

SSTI's popular plenary format with instant audience polling allows you to take part in the most pressing issues facing the TBED community by providing input, asking questions, and contributing data from your state or region. Through a request for information on commercializing university technology and a series of regional meetings, Obama administration officials have been seeking input on what universities' economic development roles have been, haven't been, should be, and what the federal government should do about it.

Former Governor Tom Ridge Discusses Renewable Energy

In an interview with Globes, an Israeli business magazine, former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge discussed the importance of innovation in the renewable energy industry and its role in the transition from "the industrial era to the green era." Ridge said, "Renewable energy isn't another discovery and research field, it must be an applied science that will lead to energy solutions to guarantee our lives in the near and distant future." During his time in the Governor's office, Gov. Ridge was part of three decades of governors who saw the connection between science, technology, innovation and economic growth. Read the Globes article ...