Throughout its long history, Georgia Tech has provided assistance to federal, state, and local governments and communities. From Department of Defense research designed to equip tomorrow's soldiers to plans for developing new employment opportunities in local communities, Georgia Tech works to provide government with the right technology-driven solutions. The Office of Economic Development and Technology Ventures provides assistance to economic developers, and state and local government. The Georgia Tech Research Institute conducts business and government-related research. The College of Architecture's City and Regional Planning Program provides assistance with planning needs, while the Institute for Sustainable Development and Technology helps tackle sustainable growth issues. The Ivan Allen College's School of Public Policy collaborates with local, state, national and international agencies on policy issues. These are just a few of the wide variety of support services offered to communities, economic developers, and government officials at all levels.