TECNA Digest - December 2019

TECNA Board Chair Message
December has arrived and with it, we wrap up what has been a pretty robust year for TECNA, with several highly successful events, and growth in activities across the board, especially with our communities of interest. 

Looking ahead to 2020, we will be launching our new Policy Community of Interest and a stepped up public policy and advocacy role for TECNA. In conjunction with this new vision, we will be modifying the traditional DC Fly-in to be more TECNA-driven, but still providing access to some of CompTIA's activities. Stay tuned for more details on the TECNA Fly-in very shortly. Finally, we approach year-end 2019 with a record number of members, officially hitting 62 member councils as of December! On behalf of the TECNA Board of Directors and Executive Director Tim Jemal, I would like to thank you all for helping make 2019 such a great year and wish you the very best for the holiday season.
Doug Robertson
TECNA Board Chair
President & CEO, 
Venn Innovation, Inc
New Members
Welcome Nevada Technology Association! NVTA was created as a trade association for technology companies, to grow the state's innovation ecosystem and accelerate that investment. NVTA will grow the workforce, spark the connections, and foster the investments needed to ignite innovation and discovery in Nevada. Learn More

Welcome Tampa Bay Tech! Established in 2000, Tampa Bay Tech (formerly known as the Tampa Bay Technology Forum) is one of the nation's oldest and largest technology councils, and the engine uniting members in growing Tampa Bay's community's engagement, pride, talent & opportunity pipeline. Learn More
TECNA Workforce Development Survey
We ask all Member Councils to designate one staff person to complete this survey benchmarking Workforce and STEM programs implemented by your council.

The results of this benchmarking survey will be shared with all respondents. 

TECNA DC Fly-in 2020
Register Now for the 2020 TECNA DC Fly-in!
TECNA Member Councils as well as their members are eligible to attend.

The 2020 TECNA DC Fly-in will consist of the following elements:
  • Tech Demo Reception & Tech Champion Awards Hosted by CompTIA
  • TECNA State and Federal Policy & Legislative Exchange Update Hosted by AT&T
  • Optional Capitol Hill Visits coordinated by individual tech councils
Register Online Now
CEO Retreat 2020 - Register Now
The 2020 CEO Retreat will be held at the fabulous and exclusive  Las Alcobas Resort , Napa Valley, California March 17-19, 2020. All CEOs and Executive Directors are invited to attend.

If interested in sponsoring the 2020 CEO Retreat,  click here to learn more.
Summer Conference 2020

Save the Date!
2020 TECNA Summer Conference
Wednesday - Friday, July 22-24, 2020
The 2020 TECNA Summer Conference will be hosted by TECNA member Pittsburgh Technology Council and held in Pittsburgh, PA, in July 2020. 

TECNA Member News
Technology Association of Iowa released their 2020 Public Policy initiatives and priorities - read here.  

Digital Nova Scotia is celebrating 30 years and released their 2018-2019 Year in Review. Check it out - click here.

Palm Beach Tech is celebrating the one year anniversary of  1909 , a non-profit organization, they launched  with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation  - read more

Arizona Technology Council launches Association Health Plan with Blue Cross Blue Shield - read more

Venn Innovation shares a YouTube video:  Dawn Henwood's biggest tip to entrepreneurs and businesses? Write for real people. - click here

WEtech Alliance shares IPM Scoutek wins $10,000 ScaleUP prize during Global Entrepreneurship Week - read more.

CMG shares about 40 years of CMG IMPACT and the importance of women in technology - reach more

ICTAM is now Tech Manitoba, " As our industry grows, so too has our organization and this is a move to better reflect who we are and what we do. Rest assured, our energetic and talented team will continue striving to elevate the tech sector in Manitoba and to attract, retain and advance tech talent to serve the many growing technology companies based here."

Tech Manitoba shares the  national Disrupted Conference is shaping up to be the best one ever.  Disrupted is a conversation about the future of work and learning on January 30 and 31, 2020 in Winnipeg, Manitoba - read more

TechPoint launched the Xtern program-Indy's ultimate tech internship experience for college sophomores and juniors-seven years ago, and this was the sixth Finalist Day event, which was held for the first time at the Indiana Convention Center - read more.

VIATEC CEO Dan Gunn shares an editorial about Focusing on Return on Community - read more.

Julia Kanouse, leaving ITA's top roll, reflects on her Chicago tech impact - read more

Tampa Bay Tech names Jill St. Thomas sole Executive Director beginning 2020 - read more.
Strategic Partner News

"Financial Wellness Programs are Growing in Popularity " shares Slavic 401k - read more.

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. Upcoming webinars: 

Next Webinars Will Be Early 2020 - Watch for Dates

Plus - new Public Policy Community of Interest forming in early 2020.

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

For more information about COIs, please contact Alina Hardy: ahardy@tecna.org.
2019 Best Practices Now Available
Login to the members-only portal on the tecna.org website to access Best Practices compiled from the 2019 TECNA Innovation Awards Nominations on the Resources tab.

After reviewing Best Practices, continue the conversation on TECNA's Slack.
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
Subscribe to the TECNA Event Calendars. 
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.  
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