Strategic Partnership for Economic Development (GSPED) was
formed in 1992 to lead the way in improving Arizonaís economic
competitiveness. A 12-member executive board composed of business,
education, and government representatives oversees it.
implements Arizonaís plan to encourage concentrations of related
firms, or clusters. Five of the clusters that GSPED is working
to create are science and technology related, focusing on
the biotechnology industry, environmental technology, high
technology (including aerospace, defense, and electronics),
optics, and software. GSPED is also engaged in promoting technology
transfer, and has put together Technology Exchange Missions
to federal labs and facilities. Past visits included Sandia
National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and the
Armyís Electronic Proving Ground.
Department of Commerce houses the High Technology Office,
which was established in 1994. The Office runs a program to
help small businesses obtain Small Business Innovation Research
grants, and also provides support to two advisory panels:
the Arizona Space Commission and the Governorís Science and
Technology Council. Both of these bodies are composed of members
from the university, industry, and governmental communities
and provide policy direction and advice for improving innovation
and industry competitiveness.