TECNA Digest - June 2019

TECNA Board Chair Message

Have you registered for the 2019 TECNA summer conference in Madison yet? Really excited about how this year's conference is coming together. Tom Still and the conference organizing team have done a tremendous job pulling together a first class program; including some great opportunities to enjoy the very best of Madison, from food, music and nightlife to golf at University Ridge, the University of Wisconsin's course. Over 75% of member councils have already registered for the conference, so we will have a great turnout of peers from across the US and Canada. And of course, we will be holding the first ever TECNA Innovation Awards, for which we received over 30 exceptional nominations covering all the award categories! The awards organizing team couldn't be more excited with the response, and we are looking forward to celebrating the efforts of all the finalists and the winners during the awards program at the conference. You can find all the information you need regarding the conference program, travel and accommodations, and enjoying beautiful Madison right here: tecna2019.com.  
Doug Robertson
TECNA Board Chair
President & CEO,
Venn Innovation, Inc  
Don't Miss the Summer Conference
July 23 - 25, 2019  
Madison, Wisconsin  
at Epic Corporate Campus
The 2019 TECNA Summer Conference is a three-day event focused on sharing best practices and strategies to help you grow your tech council and increase your value to members, sponsors and stakeholders in your communities.
Speakers & Breakouts 
  • We'll hear from speakers on a variety of topics, including the power of Tech Council partnerships.
  • Plus we're excited to hear from Reggie Henry, chief information and engagement officer for the American Society of Association Executives, who will talk about the drivers of change that ASAE sees in associations nationwide.
  • Breakout sessions include diversity and inclusion, events, membership, workforce development and public policy, both U.S. and Canada.
Evening Events 
  • We'll enjoy a casual "Welcome to Wisconsin" opening reception near Lake Mendota, one of the city's signature lakes. It will include trolley tours of the University of Wisconsin campus, a performance by our "official" Tech Council rock band, an authentic Wisconsin summer supper club buffet, and access to the Union Terrace - the best place to enjoy summer in Wisconsin.
  • Our Wednesday evening reception will offer a bird's eye view of Concerts on the Square, which is a vibrant outdoor performance by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra held on the state Capitol grounds. It typically draws 10,000 people.
Post-Conference Golf
  • Register Online to Golf with us on Thursday afternoon following the conclusion of the conference. Tee times at approximately 2:00pm at University Ridge. Limited space available to register asap, and please let us know if you plan to rent clubs so we can reserve them in advance.
This gathering of North American tech associations and councils will connect you to peers while offering a glimpse at the tech ecosystem in Madison, the capital of Wisconsin.  
Plus we're excited for the first ever TECNA Innovation Awards which will be presented on Thursday, July 25. 
Register Now - You won't want to miss this annual meetup!   
Cost is $350 for all TECNA Member association staff, and $550 for Non-Members. 

TECNA Innovation Awards
Thanks to all who submitted nominations for the first-ever TECNA Innovation Awards! The committee is reviewing submissions. We will recognize winners and nominees at the TECNA Summer Conference in Madison.
Call for Hosts of 2020 TECNA Summer Conference
If you are interested in being considered as a host for the 2020 TECNA Summer Conference, please complete this brief questionnaire by Friday, June 21: TECNA Summer Conference Host Form

We ask that one designated staff person complete the form. Click here to see details of responsibilities for hosts. A final decision on a hosting venue will be made at the July TECNA Board meeting.
Welcome New TECNA Members
Welcome to our new member Indiana Technology & Innovation Association! They are raising the profile of Indiana's fastest growing sector to educate state leaders on the issues that impact current and prospective technology-driven companies, and connect technology partners across the state.

Welcome to our new member Ohio IT Association, Inc! They are working to foster a robust business environment for technology innovation and use. They serve as the premier voice for the technology community in helping to shape public policy at all levels of State and Local government in Ohio.

Public Policy & CompTIA 
TECNA, CompTIA and tech councils across the U.S. recently joined together in support of: 

H.R. 2721/S. 1466, the Cyber Ready Workforce Act 
U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)

The next CompTIA Federal Public Policy Webinar Update will be Wednesday, June 26 at Noon EDT. Please contact Tim Jemal at tjemal@tecna.org for more details. 
 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.
2019 Membership Survey
All Member CEOs are asked to complete the annual Membership Survey unless they delegate to other staff to complete. Click Here to Complete the Survey.
Results will be shared at the 2019 Summer Conference.
Member News
Venn Innovation, Inc shares some highlights for some of their highly innovative member companies: Health Connect, Intelisys and TSI Auto Solutions.

WEtech Alliance shares that Windsor, Ontario, will host the 2019 Canadian Undergraduate Computer Science Conference - read more.

ICTAM shares an interesting perspective on Canadian prairie tech after attending the Uniting the Prairies Conference last month - read here.

ChaTech to Award 21 IT College Students with Record-Breaking Scholarship Amount - read more.

TAI's "We Are Iowa Tech" video series aims to show that all companies are technology companies. They just profiled New Leader Manufacturing in Cedar Rapids who used technology to advance the way they manufacture precision application spreaders over the company's 80-year history. Here is their story.

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 Q2 Community of Interest Call:

Membership Community of Interest Call
Wednesday, June 19th,10:00am PDT
Topic: How Do You Measure Engagement?
Register Online

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.
Strategic Partner News
"Consistent participation in a tax-advantaged 401(k) plan can lead to substantial growth in your retirement nest egg..." shares Slavic 401k - read more about Reasons to Keep Contributing to Your 401k Plan  

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.  
Thank You TECNA's Strategic Partners & Sponsors 

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