TECNA Digest - March 2019

TECNA Board Chair Message
Each year at this time, we put out a call for expressions of interest to serve on the TECNA Board of Directors. This is your association and it is important that our Board reflects the broader interests of the TECNA community, and our bylaws ensure we bring in fresh perspectives and ideas through this annual process. In this current cycle, there will be three vacancies to be filled and confirmed at the summer conference in Madison. As you may have seen from the original notice, nominations may come from any member council in TECNA and should reflect an officially endorsed and approved position of the member council. In other words, for example, if there are two nominees from a single member council, it is expected that the member council will resolve the nominee before one is submitted. Nominees may include CEOs as well as other staff endorsed by their CEO or Executive Director.
The annual process calls for nominations to be reviewed by the Nominating Committee with recommendations brought to the TECNA CEO Retreat, which is coming up at the beginning of April in Kansas City. Serving on the board is an opportunity to shape the future direction of TECNA. We typically meet on a quarterly basis and will also have occasional conference calls and participate in other ongoing discussions of importance to TECNA's operations. So please, if you do have an interest in becoming a member of the TECNA Board of Directors, let us know.
The deadline for nominations is COB Friday, March 15th, 2019.

To submit your nomination, please send your expression of interest with a biography or resume to:

Alina Hardy
TECNA Project Coordinator
email address: 

If you have any questions or would like to discuss a possible nomination before submitting something, please feel free to get in touch with Matt Gardner by email at 
mgardner@californiatechnology.org or call (916) 253-7613. 
Doug Robertson
TECNA Board Chair
President & CEO, Venn Innovation, Inc  
Register ASAP
2019 TECNA CEO Retreat  
April 1 - 3, 2019
at Maple Ranch  
We're very excited to host this year's CEO Retreat at the beautiful and exclusive Maple Ranch just outside of Kansas City, Missouri.
This annual CEO Retreat is a unique opportunity to build relationships with your peers as well as learn and share experiences with each other. The Planning Committee has worked very hard to put together a meaningful and fun agenda. Please note that your registration fee includes two-nights at the Ranch and all meals, beverages and activities. The only other expense will be your airfare.
If you haven't yet registered, please do so soon so we can plan accordingly.
Please contact Alina Hardy at ahardy@tecna.org with any questions
2019 DC Fly-in
Nearly 100 TECNA-affiliated staff and tech companies participated in the CompTIA DC Fly-in in February 2019. It was a fabulous event. TECNA  also organized two related events in DC: our 2nd annual TECNA Reception at the Center Club and we partnered with  Maher & Maher to offer a free Apprenticeship Summit just before the first Fly-in event.  
Click Here to see photos from the DC Fly-in 
"Technology leaders and business owners from across the nation converged on Capitol Hill for CompTIA's 2019 DC Fly-In Feb 5-6. The two-day event kicked off with a series engaging panels, a Capitol Hill Speaker Series that featured current and former government officials, and more than 170 meetings with Members of Congress..." Read More about the CompTIA DC Fly-in 
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 Q1 Community of Interest Calls

Communications Community of Interest Call
Topic: "Onboarding & Engaging Members"
Wednesday, March 13 at 9:00am Pacific

Membership Community of Interest Call
Topic: "Converting Unpaid Partners to Paying Affiliate Members"
Wednesday, March 20 at 10:00am Pacific

Workforce Community of Interest Call
Topic: "What Workforce programs best engage companies? How does your tech council get companies to the table?"
Wednesday, March 27 at 10:00am Pacific

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.
Welcome TECNA's New Members
Welcome to our new member Technology Association of South Carolina! They are working to accelerate growth and innovation while providing a unified voice for the statewide technology community by supporting entrepreneurs, connecting peers and decision makers, and establishing South Carolina as a global hub for innovation.
Welcome to our new member Volta! They are a premier innovation hub in Atlantic Canada offering a place for the startup and innovation community to work, learn and connect.
Member News
Montana High Tech Business Alliance shared how tech and entrepreneurship has changed Montana's economy in recent years - read more.   
The Arizona Technology Council announced that its foundation, SciTech Institute, has been selected as a recipient of a portion of a $1 million Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) Charitable Grant, which focuses on building a stronger workforce for tomorrow - read more.

TechPoint announced the nominees for its 20th annual Mira Awards. Read more about the event and nominees - click here.  

WEtech Alliance is unveiling a new initiative called Innovation Catalyst, which trains frontline staff in large companies and organizations across Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent to become internal engines of innovation - read more.

New Jersey Tech Council shared an article in the New Jersey Business Journal written by NJTC CEO, James Barrood, "When it comes to gender, tech has plenty of work to do" - read here.

PACT will host PACTphorum19 - a full-day dose of integration and inspiration, at the boundary where "this will happen" becomes "this is who's doing it now" and "this is how and why you should not fall behind" - read more.
Save the Date
2 019 TECNA Summer Conference  
July 23 - 25, 2019  
in Madison, Wisconsin  
at Epic Corporate Campus
Learn More
Strategic Partner News
"The biggest money-related fear for Americans is 'never being able to retire,'" read more to see how Slavic 401k proposes An Early Start Can Improve Retirement Readiness.

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.

Sign-up for Free Live Demo of TECNABase
TECNABase is a data resource for the technology communities to discover companies, people, and investors to connect and collaborate.
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.
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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