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SSTI Releases Issue Brief on State Science and Technology Strategic Planning

September 12, 1997

The State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI) recently released an issue brief that examines the current efforts of states to write and implement science and technology strategic plans. The report is entitled An Overview of State Science & Technology Strategic Planning.

The issue brief (1) presents an overview of states' science and technology strategic plans and the process by which they were developed; (2) examines the extent to which the plans explicitly address the needs of distressed areas; and, (3) describes science and technology strategic planning activities in Maryland, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Vermont.

SSTI found that 13 states adopted statewide science and technology strategic plans between 1991 and 1995. During this same time, 29 states adopted overall economic development strategies, some of which addressed the science and technology base in the state or the needs of particular technology-based industries.

Funding for the report was provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration. A final report outlining best practices in state science and technology strategic planning will be issued in early October.

Contact SSTI at 614/421-SSTI (7784) to request a copy of the report or for more information.