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Premier National Technology Conference Coming to Michigan

Friday, March 08, 2002

Jennifer Kopp

SSTI Event Will Promote Tech-Based Economic Development

The State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI) cited Michigan’s prominence in technology-based economic development as a key reason for deciding to hold its sixth annual conference in Dearborn on October 2-3, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced today.

The conference, to be held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, will bring hundreds of participants from more than 40 states and several countries to Michigan.Participants will exchange ideas and experiences to promote the building of vibrant, technology-driven economies.

“This is a major conference that will spur technology-based economic development policies and strategies,” said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of the MEDC.“The fact that the conference will be held here further validates Michigan’s positioning and growth as a high-tech state.”

The annual conference is the premier event for the nation's tech-based economic development community.The event will include more than 24 breakout sessions with high-caliber content, drawing from proven economic development policies and strategies implemented across the country.

The location of the annual conference is a critical component of its success and value for registrants, according to SSTI president and CEO Dan Berglund.

"Michigan, and specifically the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, is on the front edge of new thinking in tech-based economic development," he said.“That was a major factor when we were considering Michigan as the host site.”

Topics expected to be addressed include: developing public and private capital sources for entrepreneurs and start-up tech companies; capitalizing on universities' impacts on local and regional development; securing federal research and development funding for academic and commercial labs; extending economic growth to all regions and population groups; and encouraging strong partnerships between universities and companies.

"The MEDC's programs and investment decisions have been based on well researched strategies to strengthen the state's position in a knowledge-based economy,” Berglund said.“There is a good story to tell here, with examples like the Life Science Corridor, Automation Alley and the innovative push to extend broadband across the state."

SSTI is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving government-industry programs that encourage economic growth through the application of science and technology.The Institute also works to advance cooperation between the states and the federal cooperative technology programs for more effective economic development.For more information on SSTI, visit www.ssti.org.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life.

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