TECNA Digest - February 2018 

Register Now - TECNA CEO Retreat 
Register now for 2018 TECNA CEO Retreat
April 24-26, 2018
The Information and Communication Technologies Association of Manitoba will host the 2018 TECNA CEO Retreat
in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  

Get ready for an engaging, interactive and collaborative program that has plenty of time for sharing of ideas, best practices and challenges between CEOs.

Guided by an experienced facilitator we'll discuss how we can build prospect pipelines, increase member engagement and grow sponsorship, engage employees, respond to competition, develop new business models and more. Our goal is that you leave Winnipeg feeling inspired and refreshed - it is a retreat after all. 

Save the Date - TECNA Summer Conference 

2018 TECNA Summer Conference
Save The Date: July 24-26, 2018
The Technology Association of Iowa will host the 2018 TECNA Summer Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.   
CompTIA DC Fly-in
CompTIA DC Fly-in
February 13-14, 2018
Nearly 100 TECNA Member Councils and their members are attending the CompTIA DC Fly-In next week including all our Canadian Member Councils! Attendees will meet with congressional members, participate in the Tech Policy Summit and the Capitol Hill Speakers Series, and honor CompTIA's Tech Champions at the annual awards dinner.  Contact Tim Jemal for more information, tjemal@tecna.org

TECNA DC Reception
Monday, February 12, 2018
All TECNA Members attending the DC Fly-In along with their member council attendees are invited to a  special TECNA reception. Register Online by Tuesday, February 6th.
Contact Alina Hardy for more information, ahardy@tecna.org.
Welcome TECNA's Newest Member
Welcome to the newest TECNA Member - WEtech Alliance from Windsor, Ontario, Canada! WEtech helps to nurture entrepreneurship, foster innovation and accelerate tech sector growth in Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent. WEtech has 144 portfolio clients in Digital Media & ICT, Lifescience & Advanced Health, Advanced Manufacturing, Clean Tech, and Agri Tech.  
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Please contact Executive Director Tim Jemal with any questions, tjemal@tecna.org .
We thank you for your continuing support of TECNA! 
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Member News
Communitech is hosting the True North Waterloo Conference and you're invited.
True North will bring together influencers, policy makers, hackers, and hustlers for crucial conversations about the future of tech as a force for good. Click here to learn more and register for this event May 29-31.

New Hampshire High Tech Council and Alpha Loft join forces to strengthen programming and resources for the startup community - read more.

California Technology Council CEO, Matt Gardner, is a key speaker at the Public Policy Exchange event on March 6th - Leading Change through Collaboration: Digital Transformation and Technological Innovation in California - learn more & register.

Colorado Technology Association's Foundation and Skillful have partnered to help anyone involved in hiring - from HR managers to startup CEOs - sharpen their process from start to finish through a three-part Skill Works series - read more.

9,000. That is the number of Veterans hired by NVTC companies since the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative (VEI) was launched in 2013. The VEI connects Veterans and military spouses to employment opportunities within Virginia's technology community and provides support to NVTC member companies in their efforts to recruit, hire, train and retain qualified Veteran employees. Learn more about the VEI's accomplishments in 2017 - click here.

Automation Alley shares their latest article: Collaboration Key to Unlocking Potential of Industry 4.0 - read here.

Venn Innovation shares 6 signs that indicate you should hire an intern for your organization - read here.

In January 2018, KC Tech Council traveled with a group of more than 45 business and education leaders to the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City to discuss computer science education reform with Missouri Legislators - learn more and see some photos.
Strategic Partner News
Slavic 401k shares with us why employer provided benefits are so important - read here

The Grant Thornton executive brief, " America's tax overhaul: Implications for global mobility," developed in partnership with Bloomberg Tax, helps organizations assess the implications of tax reform on their global mobility efforts - click here
Regional Roundtables with Grant Thornton 
Mark your calendars - we've organized events with our strategic partner Grant Thornton for National and International Policy Presentations and Panel Discussions.
WTIA | GT Seattle Office | February 20th  
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NCTA | GT Raleigh Office | TBD  
For more information, please contact Alina Hardy, email ahardy@tecna.org
Communities of Interest (CoI) Events
TECNA Communities of Interest (CoI) are peer-to-peer collaborations and information-sharing groups exclusively for members.

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

Upcoming Calls:
CoI Membership 2018 Q1 Call - Wednesday, February 28, 10:00am Pacific / 1:00pm Eastern - Register Online - Topic: Membership Surveys: Questions, Results and Incorporating Feedback

CoI Events 2018 Q1 Call - Wednesday, March 14, 10:30am Pacific / 1:30pm Eastern - Register Online - Topic: Inclusive Events

For more information about CoI, please contact Alina Hardy: ahardy@tecna.org.
The Canadian Accelerator Summit
The Canadian Accelerator Summit is in Kelowna, British Columbia on March 7th.  This is a one day summit that brings accelerator staff together to learn from each other and share best practices and practical, implementable tools.

This summit is for accelerators by accelerators. Each of the sessions included takeaway resources like event guides, program handbooks, management tools, and more. The agenda for this year includes data and storytelling, impactful events, scale-up programs, talent attraction, corporate innovation, and building mentor networks.
Learn more online.
TECNA On Slack
Join TECNA's Growing Slack Group exclusively for all TECNA Member Council staff. Slack Channels include membership, events, talent/workforce and private channel for CEOs. 

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 about joining. TECNA Members Only.

Thank You TECNA's Strategic Partners

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