February 20, 2014
This column nails it – very well said: The Myth of SIRTI | Comment | The Pacific Northwest Inlander
It [SIRTI] was always about a sales pitch. I recall one meeting when a former EWU president announced the latest “innovative” idea: It “promised” to create a new “high-tech” (it always had to be “high-tech”) company that in, say, five years would generate (pick a number) in revenue and (pick a number) new jobs. No evidence, just numbers, seemingly pulled out of a hat.
We’ve written a lot about SIRTI on this blog. Take a look. Shutting down this former funding gatekeeper would be a good thing. As a former Board member said, SIRTI did more to hinder economic growth than anything else.