Breakout Sessions A

Breakout Sessions A

Choose your own track by selecting one of the breakouts available at this time:

  • Creating a Better Future: Winning Approaches
    Studio B
    Exclusive insight into outstanding, innovative economic development initiatives is a key reason to attend the SSTI Annual Conference. Through the power roundtable format, attendees will gain insight into award-winning initiatives through one-on-one interaction with practitioners from the organizations that are creating a better future in their region. The session will leave participants energized with more than a dozen specific best practices and ideas to help craft a better future in their region.
    #Capital #Impact #ProgramManagement #R&D #TechTransfer #Workforce
  • Maximizing Innovation in Manufacturing: A Look Ahead
    Studio D
    In this discussion-based session, manufacturing thought leaders from MForesight, a national consortium focused on enhancing U.S. manufacturing competitiveness through partnering with the broader manufacturing community to inform policies and investment in advanced manufacturing technology development, will explore recommendations around enhancing performance across the supply chain, improving cyber security for manufacturers and developing an advanced manufacturing workforce. Additionally, this session will discuss best practices for engaging local manufacturers early in the technology development process to accelerate implementation, and for facilitating university technology transfer to local manufacturers.
    #Clusters #HigherEd #R&D
  • Scaling Socially-Positive Companies
    Studio C
    More communities, investors, innovators and entrepreneurs each day are recognizing we need to be creating companies that simultaneously address three measures of success: wealth, jobs and societal/environmental impact. This most-important pivot still represents too tiny of a portion of tech-based economic development, however. How do you get started? How do you embed impact into your existing portfolio of services? In this session, we’ll hold a candid conversation with leaders delivering meaningful, impact innovation for their stakeholders and communities.
    #Capital #Entrepreneurship #Impact #ProgramManagement
  • Starting a Cluster Initiative: Assessing Why, When and How to
    Studio E
    When developing a cluster strategy, garnering sufficient support is a crucial step before formalizing a program or initiative. This session will explore the ins and outs of developing a regional cluster and innovation initiative, with a focus on private-sector leadership and developing partnerships for long-term sustainability and success. Hear from cluster initiative leaders from around the country about their experiences growing an entrepreneurial ecosystem, communicating the network’s value and measuring success.
    #101 #Clusters #ProgramManagement #Regions