TECNA Digest - August 2019

TECNA Board Chair Message
Looking back on an exceptional few days in Madison and the 2019 TECNA Summer Conference. Thank you so much to Tom Still and his team at the Wisconsin Technology Council for going above and beyond in putting on an excellent conference and making us all feel so welcome. 
I know for most us, this was the first time in Madison, and I think we all came away impressed with the region, the people and the tech scene. Our conference venue was, well, intergalactic, as Epic describes their global headquarters. An amazing campus and TECNA truly appreciates the incredible support we received from Epic and from the many sponsoring partners for the conference.  

As always we welcomed many new faces and new tech councils to the TECNA family, a very positive indicator of our growth as a North American association. We had a chance to say thank you and pay tribute to three outgoing members of our Board of Directors - Jay Larsen, Steve Zylstra, and Tom Hopcroft.  And we welcomed three new Board members - Frannie Matthews, President & CEO, Colorado Technology Association; Deon Gordon, President & CEO, TechBirmingham; and Brian Moyer, President & CEO, Greater Nashville Technology Council.  We celebrated our first ever TECNA Innovation Awards, and you will find in the coming days complete descriptions of all the initiatives behind the nominations posted on our website. 

And finally, we were excited to announce that the Pittsburgh Technology Council will host next year's summer conference in Pittsburgh. With its dynamic and growing tech sector, vibrant cultural scene, and the experienced team at PTC, Pittsburgh promises to make for another great TECNA conference!

Doug Robertson
TECNA Board Chair
President & CEO,
Venn Innovation, Inc
Successful 2019 Summer Conference
Thanks again to all who attended and presented at our annual Summer Conference last month in Madison hosted by TECNA Member Wisconsin Technology Council! A broad range of challenges and opportunities were addressed at the conference including: building a tech council for the 21st century, being the talent pipeline for your members, maximizing events RoI, sustainable revenue strategies, telling the tech council story, successful public policy strategies, digitally transforming your tech council and driving diversity and inclusion in your tech ecosystem. 

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers addressed a general conference session focusing his remarks on the talent and skills shortage in the tech industry. 

Below is the link to access the slide decks that were presented at the conference.
Please log-in to TECNA's members-only portal by clicking here: tecna.org/login. Click on the Resources button in the top navigation, then search for "2019 Summer Conference."  
TECNA Innovation Awards
Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 TECNA Innovation Awards!

" This year's Innovation Award winners confirm that exceptional people work across the TECNA network and are delivering innovative, impactful programs and services for our member companies," said Doug Robertson, TECNA Board Chair.

Click here to read the full announcement of winners and finalists. 
Board of Directors
TECNA  is pleased to announce the election of the 2019-2020 Board of Directors. The 2019-2020 Board of Directors was ratified by the membership at the annual Summer Conference  in Madison, July 23-25, 2019. Three new board members were appointed from across the US.
"I look forward to the work of our newly appointed TECNA Board Members," said Doug Robertson, Chair of TECNA and President and CEO of  Venn Innovation Inc. "TECNA continues to grow and membership is at an all-time high from across the United States and Canada. We have much planned this next year to support the growth of our members including more opportunities to share best practices, engage in public policy advocacy and address important industry challenges such as access to talent and workforce diversity." Read More

Welcome New TECNA Members
Welcome to our new member Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology & Entrepreneurial Council! Their  mission is to serve as the one-stop hub that connects people, knowledge and resources to grow and promote the Greater Victoria technology sector ( Victoria's biggest industry ).

All are invited to the Launch Event of new TECNA Member  Knoxville Technology Council : August 15, 2019. Learn More and RSVP .
Public Policy & CompTIA 

Save the Date - 2019 CompTIA Tech Summit & TECNA Policy Summit

November 6-7, 2019
Newport Beach, CA
More Details to Come

Contact Tim Jemal with questions. 
Member News
TALK will host TechFest  Louisville 2019, the 3rd biennial event of the Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky on Aug. 22 and Aug. 23  invite all business professionals interested in learning more about technology to join us in any of our five tracks: Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, Healthcare IT, Blockchain, and Internet of Things. - learn more.

ITA CEO, Julia Kanouse, helped influence this story in Inc, "The 1 Thing You Should Never, Ever Do in Pushing for Diversity in Your Company."  And read this blog post inspired by a conversation among TECNA Members, "Exec Spin: Buy Local, Bid Local."

Venn Innovation shared with their members blog post on "Tech landscaping and the wonder of CTI" and a YouTube video "Win/Loss Analysis: Case Study."

TechPoint shares their recent Q2 VC Report, which highlights the investment and M&A activity in Indiana tech companies - click here

WEtech Alliance shares new Tech Connect initiative that connects community of tech and talent - read more.

New Jersey Tech Council acquires Propelify and appoints Aaron Price as CEO - read more.
 New & Emerging Tech Councils
New Series: For New & Emerging Tech Councils
First installment: Enhancing Non-Dues Revenue
Key questions this article addresses:
+ What's an ideal split of revenue types between dues and non-dues?
+ What are major types of non-dues revenue?
+ How do tech councils build this kind of capacity?
Members can now access this resource: Members login at tecna.org/login then click on the Resources tab.
Strategic Partner News

"Americans feel generally positive about their personal finances, according to a recent Gallup poll..." shares Slavic 401k - read more about Automatic Enrollment Improves Retirement Readiness  

2019 Membership Survey
Thank you to all who completed the 2019 Membership Survey. 

Find the Membership Survey Results in the "TECNA Business Session" presentation in the members-only portal of the TECNA website.
Communities of Interest (CoI)
TECNA Communities of Interest (COI) are peer-to-peer collaborations and information-sharing groups exclusively for members: membership, events, workforce and communications.

During webinars, conference calls and Slack Group communications, TECNA members share best practices and gain valuable insights on solving common challenges.

Q4 Communities of Interest webinars to be announced soon.
If you have topic suggestions, please contact the COI Chairs or suggest them in the respective Slack Channels.

Recent past COI call recordings and slide decks are available for download in the members-only portal on the TECNA website. Login at tecna.org/login and click on the Resources tab to view.

You can connect with Communities of Interest anytime on TECNA's Slack.

For more information about COIs, please contact Alina Hardy: ahardy@tecna.org.
TECNA On Slack

Join TECNA's growing Slack network exclusively for all TECNA Member Council staff. Slack Channels include membership, events, talent/workforce and private channel for CEOs. 

TECNA Members Only
Join TECNA's Slack Now - Click Here.

You can group chat, private message, share files and search the discussion archive for help and best practices shared by other members.

Contact Alina Hardy with questions about Slack.

Subscribe to TECNA Calendars
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Click a link below and follow the prompts to synchronize with the default calendar on your system (if available). To synchronize with a different calendar,copy and paste the desired URL into your calendar software in the location where feeds are accepted, often identified with "Subscribe", "Add Calendar", etc.

Contact Alina for assistance, ahardy@tecna.org.  
Thank You TECNA's Strategic Partners & Sponsors 

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