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Thanks to SSTI member outreach, House committee votes to fund Regional Innovation Strategies in FY 2018

July 20, 2017

When SSTI learned that the House commerce appropriations subcommittee’s draft FY 2018 bill did not specifically fund the Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program, we called on members to contact the full committee and ask that the bill designate funding for RIS. Thanks to the quick action of SSTI members, the House Appropriations Committee passed the bill last week with level RIS funding of $17 million for FY 2018. Congressional staff specifically said this change resulted from members of Congress who expressed concerns to the committee at the request of their constituents. This is an important win for the program that will allow it to continue funding regional initiatives to spur the transformation of research and innovations into successful products and businesses, but is just one step in the FY 2018 appropriations process. Next, the bill will go to the floor of the House, and the Senate will draft and consider its own bill soon. Eventually, the chambers will need to come to agreement on FY 2018 funding. Help SSTI ensure continued success by joining the Innovation Advocacy Council today: contact SSTI for more information (contactus@ssti.org | 614-901-1690).

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