The SMART regional S&T initiative is a Congressional initiative to regionalize S&T advocacy across all technology topics and disciplines within the Mid-Atlantic region.
The SMART mission is the integration of regional Science & Technology activities for issues, events & projects among the SMART Congressional Caucus (8 Senators and 41 Representatives), the Federal Executive Branch DC HQs, our International Allies, the four State governments (Executive & Legislative branches of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania) and the regional technical community facilitated by SMART, a Not For Profit (NFP) company.
Here's the membership:
The Congressional Caucus support is lead by Congressman William Pascrell (D-NJ). Of special note, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was raised in Baltimore, MD. Other SMART Caucus Members of Italian ancestry are Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Frank LoBiondo (D-NJ), Robert Brady (D-PA) and Mike Doyle (D-PA).
(Yes, the article/press release is posted at a Greek-American site but talks about Italian-Americans. Both groups have a strong and proud presence in the Mid-Atantic.)
Their website is smartstates.com.