R&D Focus Area

Economic Development

Leveraging expertise in science and technology to strengthen innovation practices and catalyze sustainable economic development for organizations, regions, and countries.

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To prosper in the innovation economy and maintain positive economic development, organizations, regions, and nations must address their greatest challenges—and possibilities. High-quality economic development consulting, research, analysis, and advice from SRI's Center for Science, Technology and Economic Development lets them make sound decisions, improve competitiveness, and support innovation in a challenging environment.

SRI's sustainable economic development consulting strategies address clients' most important business, economic, technological, human resource, and societal issues. Approaches include:

  • Public-private partnerships for broad-based economic growth
  • New constituencies for community problem solving
  • The design of new institutions
  • Policy and program evaluations
  • Technical assistance in implementing new plans

News & Events

Travel Weekly, Oct 8, 2014

A report from SRI says wellness tourism revenues grew to $494 billion last year, a 12.5% increase. SRI had previously forecast 9% growth. That report, “The Global Wellness Tourism Economy,” said wellness travel was growing nearly 50% faster than the global tourism overall and represented more than...