TECNA Digest - January 2019

TECNA Board Chair Message 
Welcome to 2019! The year past was one of the most successful on record for TECNA in terms of member growth and introduction of new activities. Our goal, as always, is to deliver the best possible value to our members through our services and events, and I am very excited about how that menu is shaping up for the new year. First up, of course, is the 2019 DC Fly-In which is just a month away. Again, this year it promises to be a strong program, and very well attended by delegations from across the US and Canada. There is still time to register and the link is provided below. If you have not registered yet, I encourage you to join us. And to everyone who has already registered, I look forward to seeing you in Washington.

In the meantime, please accept my sincere wishes for a Happy New Year - Feliz año nuevo - Bonne année!
Doug Robertson
TECNA Board Chair
President & CEO, Venn Innovation, Inc 
Welcome TECNA's Newest Members

Welcome to our new member TechPoint! Headquartered in Indianapolis, Techpoint is the growth accelerator for Indiana's tech ecosystem.

Welcome to our new member Kansas Tech Council! This newly established tech council's work will span the whole state of Kansas, beginning with a focus on the Wichita region.
Register Now: 2019 DC Fly-in & TECNA Reception 
2019 CompTIA DC Fly-In
February 4 - 6, 2019
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill  
Make a reservation online or call 202-737-1234 and ask for the CompTIA DC Fly-In group rate. 
DC Fly-in Registration is FREE to TECNA members and your members with registration code: "TECNA19" Register Online Now 
Each attendee (council staff and your members) must complete a separate online registration. Please send any questions about registration to: CompTIAregistration@comptia.org .
2nd Annual TECNA DC Reception
Monday, February 4, 2019, 5:00-7:00pm at The City Club of Washington
Join us for a TECNA Reception for TECNA Member Councils and your members with hosted beer, wine and light hors d'oeuvres. All DC Fly-in attendees - including TECNA Members and their member companies - must register separately and pay for this TECNA DC Reception: Register for the TECNA Reception Here 
TECNA DC Apprenticeship Summit
TECNA  partnered with Maher & Maher to offer a FREE short program right before the official kick-off of the Fly-in to provide an update on apprenticeship in the tech sector. New programs are taking root across the nation. The US Dept. of Labor is championing new efforts to expand apprenticeship. TECNA members can take a leadership role in a variety of ways from uniting and influencing key partners to helping your members learn more about apprenticeship as a talent solution. In this session, you'll hear from key experts on action you can take to participate in this important national movement. Breakfast at 8:30am, program begins at 9:00am
2019 Upcoming Events
2019 CEO Retreat - Save the Date
April 1 - 3, 2019
at Maple Ranch Retreat Center in Amorette, Missouri
Registration Open Soon 
2019 Summer Conference - Save the Date
July 23 - 25, 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin  
at Epic Corporate Campus
Member News

Venn Innovation, Inc. announced strategic priorities and new chairman as it entered 10th year - read more.

KC Tech Council ran a fun campaign for CS Ed Week - they sent a "Flat Stanley" style character out to member companies and they shared their support for CS ed using the hashtag #CSEdWeekKC -
 - learn more. 

Pal m Beach Tech hosted the 2nd annual Palm Beach Tech Pitch Competition at the Lake Pavilion - read more.

NVTC published  reports on employers' demand for tech talent addressing cybersecurity and software development certifications and skills and competencies outlined - see the reports here.  

Arizona Technology Council announced that it is working with Banner|Aetna to offer Council members an opportunity to enroll in Banner|Aetna's new Health Benefits Program, effective immediately - learn more.

Communities of Interest (CoI)
TECNA Communities of Interest (COI) are peer-to-peer collaborations and information-sharing groups exclusively for members: membership, events and workforce.

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

Communications CoI Created
TECNA established a new Communications COI and Slack channel, that is being chaired by Alex Curtis, VP Public Affairs & Communications, Nashville Technology Council. Contact Tim Jemal ( tjemal@tecna.org) or Alina Hardy ( ahardy@tecna.org) to be added to the committee.

The next Community of Interest calls will be scheduled for Q1 2019.
In the interim, connect with Communities of Interest on TECNA's Slack.

For more information about COIs, please contact Alina Hardy: ahardy@tecna.org.
Congratulations to Margaret Anderson-Kelliher, CEO of Minnesota High Tech Association and TECNA Board Member on being nominated by Minnesota Governor-elect Minnesota Tim Walz to be the next Transportation Commissioner for the state of Minnesota! Hear her recent interview on Minnesota Public Radio
Strategic Partner News

Slavic 401K shares how longer lifespans are affecting the planning mindset - read more.

Sign-up for Free Live Demo of TECNABase
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With the integrated dataset, TECNABase improves reporting, provides hyper targeting insights for events, advocacy, member experience, etc. and
provides the analytics to track the progress of companies, attract talent, and benchmark growth. 
The goal of TECNABase is to help connect tech communities, and to address some of the burdening challenges facing tech councils in attracting and retaining members.
Click Here to visit tecnabase.com and learn more or sign up for a live demo.
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. 
2019 Membership Renewal

2019 Membership Renewals are due ASAP.
Login to TECNA's website to process your renewal: click here. Please contact Executive Director Tim Jemal with any questions at tjemal@tecna.org.

We thank you for your continuing support of TECNA!
Thank You TECNA's Strategic Partners

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