TBED Community of Practice

With support from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), SSTI has launched a Tech-based Economic Development (TBED) Community of Practice.

This initiative builds the capacity of EDA grantees to achieve greater impacts for their regional innovation economies. 

SSTI’s work emphasizes:

  • Identifying and distributing best practices in structuring, measuring and planning TBED initiatives;
  • Fostering community among grantees around types of TBED activities and target audiences/technologies; and,
  • Facilitating communication with external stakeholders, including funders, clients and partners. 

The TBED Community of Practice is for grantees across all EDA funding programs -- Build to Scale, Economic Adjustment Assistance, Public Works, Technical Assistance and more.

We have two easy ways to connect with the TBED Community of Practice:

This information is also available as a factsheet [pdf].


Subcommunities of Practice

SSTI is forming subcommunities that focus on strategies within the field. Our goal in launching these groups is to provide an opportunity for you to:

  • Find solutions from your peers that will advance your organization and region
  • Build a stronger network of practitioners working on similar initiatives
  • Contribute to the field’s understanding of effective practices

Given the broad nature of the TBED field, we believe that fostering networks within more specific areas of practice will help achieve these goals. Learn more about the purpose of the subcommunities from these FAQs.

The three subcommunities we are forming at this time are: Entrepreneurship Development; Risk Capital; and, Lab-to-Market.

To register for a subcommunity of practice, complete this brief registration form letting us know what subcommunities and topics most interest you.


Community Events

Upcoming events

Speed and scale: One organization leverages its CRM for web, and ecosystem visibility
April 12, 2023 at 4 p.m. ET

During this TBED Community of Practice webinar, we will hear how the Florida High Tech Corridor has implemented AirTable as a flexible customer relationship management platform and leverages off-the-shelf and custom tools to add functionality to its website and to rapidly advance its ecosystem visibility and project goals. We will follow this presentation with a community discussion of platforms used by economic development organizations to achieve similar speed and scale.

Speaker: Amy Beaird, Chief Strategy Officer, Florida High Tech Corridor

Registration is free. Sign up today at: https://ssti-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_L7o_HI-cT0qu7OAD6yoRcw


Previous events

Federal TBED Funding: CHIPS & the FY23 budget
Feb. 1, 2023

During this TBED Community of Practice webinar, EDA's Chivas Grannum and Amanda Kosty discussed programs within the agency's Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and SSTI's Jason Rittenberg provided an overview of new and expanded federal funding from the FY 2023 budget and CHIPS & Science Act that can help you launch or scale support for your regional innovation economy.

Access the webinar recording and slides here.