A bureau within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA's mission is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. As the only government agency with economic development as its sole mission, EDA plays an important role in the national effort to out-innovate, out-build and out-educate the rest of the world and enhance America’s long-term competitiveness.
The agency’s strategic investments enhance the competitiveness of America’s communities, spur innovation and help to create jobs. EDA's flexible programs leverage private/public investments, support "bottom up" strategies and build 21st century innovation infrastructure. Its approach prevents a "race to the bottom" in which cities, counties, and states, undercut each other in order to attract short-term growth. By bringing together business leaders, government officials, universities, and non-profits —EDA helps regions capitalize on shared strengths, multiplying their economic power and creating jobs.
More information is available at: http://www.eda.gov/
SSTI is the most comprehensive resource available for those involved in technology-based economic development.
Since its inception in 1996, SSTI has developed a nationwide network of practitioners and policymakers dedicated to improving the economy through science and technology. This network has resulted in unique access to information. SSTI uses this access to assist states and communities as they build tech-based economies, conduct research on best practices and trends in tech-based economic development, and encourage cooperation among and between state and federal programs.
More information is available at: http://www.ssti.org