Coming together for your region’s economic future

SSTI’s 2023 Annual Conference

Atlanta | Sept. 6-8, 2023

SSTI’s annual conference is the convening for practitioners and policymakers working to create a better future through science, technology innovation and entrepreneurship.

Join your peers from across the country in Atlanta this September 6-8 to build your network and experience an agenda that features:

  • Workshops designed to help you bolster your strategies and communications,
  • Roundtables where you can discuss effective policies and programs with peer practitioners,
  • Plenary sessions providing updates on significant trends and new ideas for the field, and
  • A financing forum that offers a chance to learn about opportunities to fund your work and your client entrepreneurs and innovators.

Best of all, we are offering this year’s conference at the incredible rate of just $390. Register today. Registration is full. We are excited to see so many of you in Atlanta!

If you work in tech-based economic development, you and your team can’t afford not to be in Atlanta.


SSTI’s Annual Conference is September 6-8, 2023 and will cover a wide array of topics, including: 

  • Regional innovation strategies 
  • University-industry partnerships 
  • Talent attraction and development
  • Capital access strategies  
  • Inclusion and equity in tech 
  • Federal innovation policy 
  • Measuring and communicating impact 
  • Venture development organizations 

Agenda at-a-glance

September 6

Content options include a full day introduction to tech-based economic development, workshops on organization management, and roundtables for attendees to meet with, and learn from, peers working across the country.

September 7

Plenary sessions on big thinkers and innovation trends in the morning. The afternoon will include a new financing forum for attendees to learn about a range programs and include additional roundtables to meet with your peers.

September 8

The final day of the conference will feature a communications workshop and additional roundtables for attendees to meet with their peers.

View the current agenda.


The registration rate for SSTI’s 2023 Annual Conference is just $390.

This rate reflects just a portion of our hard costs in putting on the event, but we are able to offer this price thanks to our partners.

Registration is full. We are excited to see so many of you in Atlanta!

Additional rates

As a result of the low rate we are offering this year, no discounts are available.

Current U.S. Economic Development Administration grantees with financial barriers may be able to qualify for a travel stipend to attend the conference. Contact for information.


SSTI’s 2023 Annual Conference takes place at the Hilton Atlanta.

The room rate is $169 plus tax.

Reservations can be made online through passkey or over the phone by telling the agent you are booking for the “SSTI Annual Meeting.”

Hilton Atlanta
255 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, Georgia, 30303

A note about our room block. Please understand that the low registration rate of $390 means that SSTI must fill our room block with the Hilton Atlanta. We greatly appreciate attendees’ willingness to stay at the conference hotel in lieu of another location.


Recognized as a top travel destination by National Geographic and Lonely Planet, Atlanta is a city with fantastic food, art, and recreation.

Recommendations from the city’s list of 50 fun things to do include:

  • The Beltline
  • Atlanta Botanical Garden
  • Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park
  • CDC Museum
  • Chattahoochee Nature Center
  • Georgia Aquarium
  • Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum