TECNA Digest - June 2018 

Register Now - TECNA Summer Conference 

2018 TECNA Summer Conference
Tuesday - Thursday, July 24 - 26, 2018
The 2018 TECNA Summer Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, will feature engaging sessions and several best practices case studies on the critical challenges facing our tech councils.
Register Now: www.tecna2018.com

The Conference will include keynote speakers, panel discussions, workshops and community of interest breakout sessions. Topics and sessions include: 
  • Successful Talent Pipeline ProgramsDiversity & Inclusion in Tech
  • Public Policy Advocacy
  • Sponsor Engagement
  • Using Data to Increase Tech Council Value
  • Working with State and Government Partners
  • Selecting and Managing Social Media Platforms
  • Building a Modern & Scalable Tech Community
The Conference
The TECNA Summer Conference is an event focused on sharing of best practices and strategies that help grow your tech council and increase your value to members, sponsors and key stakeholders in your community. This annual conference brings together the leaders and staff of tech councils and ecosystems across North America. 

Keynote Speaker
Ben Milne, Founder & CEO of Dwolla, will keynote the conference. Dwolla has grown to serve fast growing technology companies throughout the country, powering billions of dollars in commerce annually. Dwolla has been recognized by Fast Company as one of the world's "Most Innovative Companies" and is based in Des Moines, Iowa. For his work, Milne has been recognized by Forbes as a "Disruptor of the Year," named as one of Goldman Sachs' 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs, and honored by MIT Technology Review in its annual "Innovators Under 35" list.  
Registration is now open online. Cost is $300 for all TECNA Member association staff, and $550 for Non-Members.  
Optional Pre-Conference - Golf
Join us for a day of Golf on Monday, July 23, 2018, before the 2018 Summer Conference begins at Des Moines Country Club. Green Fee $110 per person. Limited space available. Register for golf online - click here.

Des Moines
Come early and stay late, Des Moines has plenty of exciting opportunities for your stay! Des Moines prides itself on walkability and features a newly installed art route, B-cycle rental stations throughout the city and boasts 63 miles of connected trails! Des Moines is also known for great Italian food and an excellent craft beer scene. In the evening, enjoy great nightlife along Court Ave downtown or in the historic East Village. Grab a bite with numerous James Beard-nominated chefs or at local eateries featured on The Food Network and The Travel Channel. And if you're staying through the weekend, check out nationally ranked Saturday morning Downtown Farmers' Market.

Hotel - Group Rate Deadline July 2nd
Book your hotel room before the priority reservation discount ends Monday, July 2. Book your room online at www.hiltondesmoines.com. Enter you dates, click the "Add Special Rate Codes" button and enter Group Code "TEC". Or book your room over the phone at 1-800-HILTONS, using group code "TEC".

The 2018 TECNA Summer Conference is powered by SHAZAM   SHAZAM provides guidance and tools to make financial institutions more successful and shares the same values as community financial institutions.   
Call for Hosts - 2019 Summer Conference
If you are interested in being considered as a host for a 2019 TECNA Summer Conference, please complete this brief questionnaire by Friday, June 29: TECNA Summer Conference Host Form

We ask that one designated staff person complete the form. A final decision on a hosting venue will be made at the July 24th TECNA Board meeting. 
2018 Membership Survey
All Member CEOs are asked to complete the annual Membership Survey unless they delegate to other staff to complete.  Click Here to Take Survey.
Results will be shared at the 2018 Summer Conference.

Member News

Montana High Tech Business Alliance CEO, Christina Henderson, shared her reflection on the 2018 TECNA CEO Retreat - click here - to see what was learned by this new member to TECNA at their first CEO Retreat.

New Hampshire High Tech Council names Matt Albuquerque 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year - click here - to read more about this founder and president of Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics, Inc., (Next Step).

Kansas City Tech Council recently-released the annual KC Tech Specs report tracking the tech industry's progress, challenges and dynamics, compiled by the KC Tech Council and VML, demonstrating three important opportunities to grow Kansas City's tech landscape.

New Jersey Technology Council hosted the Future Forum in May illustrating innovations which will transform the future. The morning focused on HealthTech advances and the afternoon focused on novel technologies at the Innovation Forecast. Check out the photos from their fun winner's circle - click here.

Northern Virginia Technology Council Launches Health Tech Infographic - Over the last year, the Greater Washington region saw over $634.6 million in health tech sector funding. More health tech stats around health tech workforce and funding can be found in NVTC's newest infographic.

The Palm Beach Tech Association and Wyncode Academy are partnering to bring the first of its kind Part Time Coding Bootcamp to Palm Beach County - learn more about this program beginning in June.

Arizona Technology Council and Arizona Commerce Authority to Join Landmark Gathering of State and Federal STEM Education Leaders at the White House - read the release here.
Strategic Partner News
One Beacon shares some tips to avoid phishing scams as we enter summer the summer months - click here.

Slavic 401k shares a recent blogpost about how automatic enrollment can lead to 401(k) Millionaires - click here.

CompTIA Tech Trade Snapshot

CompTIA recently released a new analysis of US import and export data finding the tech sector's economic employment muscle evident. Check out the CompTIA Tech Trade Snapshot here.

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 CoI Meetings:
Communities of Interest will meet at the 2018 TECNA Summer Conference.

Recent Call Materials:
Access the call notes and recordings from our recent Membership & Events CoI Calls, as well as other recent call materials online. Login to the TECNA Members Only Portal under the Resources tab: tecna.org/login

For more information about CoI, please contact Alina Hardy: ahardy@tecna.org.
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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. 
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.

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