TECNA Digest - May 2018 

2018 TECNA CEO Retreat - Success!
TECNA Member CEOs descended on Winnipeg, Manitoba last week for the 2018 CEO Retreat. Attendees engaged in interactive and collaborative discussions, brainstorms and ideation sessions. We also heard from guest speaker Mark Chipman, Executive Chairman of the Winnipeg Jets, who took a break before the next round of Stanley Cup Playoffs to share his lessons on leadership.

Check out some photos from the conference at the TECNA Flickr - click here.

Thank you to our partners, all who attended and
the Information and Communication Technologies Association of Manitoba (ICTAM) for hosting this wonderful event in  Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. We hope you left Winnipeg feeling inspired and refreshed as you returned to your tech councils. 

Register Now - TECNA Summer Conference 

2018 TECNA Summer Conference
July 24-26, 2018
The Technology Association of Iowa will host the 2018 TECNA Summer Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. 
Register Now: www.tecna2018.com

The Planning Committee is putting together a top-notch program coupled with fabulous food, drink and networking. Check the conference agenda, which will updated regularly online.

The Conference
The TECNA Summer Conference is a two-day 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.

Registration is now open online. Cost is $300 for all TECNA Member association staff, and $550 for Non-Members. An Early Bird Discount of $100 off your registration cost is available until Friday, June 1 for members and non-members.
  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.

Book your hotel room before the priority reservation discount ends. 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".

Call for Best Practices & Key Challenges
Call for Best Practices & Key Challenges 
Share with us the topics and key challenges you want to hear about at the 2018 Summer Conference in Iowa.  Tell us about your Best Practices (and Promising Practices). 
Welcome TECNA's Newest Members

Welcome to our new member Palm Beach Tech Association!
Palm Beach Tech is a non-profit 501(c)6 membership association formed in July 2015, uniting and building the innovation, entrepreneurial, and technology industries throughout Palm Beach County. The core focus is fixed on producing long-term economic impact by attracting new business, supporting startups, and building the talent pool.


Welcome to our new member Computer Measurement Group! CMG is a not-for-profit, worldwide organization of ITprofessionals committed to sharing information and best practices focused on ensuring the efficiency and scalability of IT service delivery to the enterprise through measurement, quantitative analysis and forecasting. 

Member News
Montana High Tech Business Alliance's member company PFL secures $25M investment from Goldman Sachs - read more.

New Jersey Tech Council shares an editorial written by CEO James Barood published at NJBiz.com about a New Jersey headquarterd company, Toys R Us - read more.

Northern Virginia Technology Council Member Companies Responsible for Over 12,000 Veteran Hires Since 2014 and was awarded its V3 certification from the Virginia Department of Veterans and Defense Affairs - read more.

There's a growing sense that it's time to take a pause from "move fast and break things," and slow down and fix things. This is the thinking behind True North, the big, new, annual conference and community festival that Communitech will host for the first time this May 29-31 - read more.

Kathy Knight, CEO of ICTAM, was awarded the Manitoba Communicator of the Year Award by the Canadian Public Relations Society Manitoba for her work on DisruptED: The Future of Work conference. This conference was Kathy's brainchild and through her efforts educators, industry and government came together to better understand how technology will affect the future of work and which skills will be essential in a changing workplace.
Strategic Partner News
Slavic 401k  addresses the question "Is Retirement Plan Participation Really Trending Lower?" in their blogpost - read more.

CompTIA recently launched their annual Cyberstates report in collaboration with many TECNA members. It's a definitive guide to national, state, and metropolitan area tech sector and tech workforce analytics. Cyberstates aggregates mountains of data and transforms it into easy to understand visuals and actionable insights. Check out their new interactive website at www.cyberstates.org to see how your state stacks up. 
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.

Review Q1 2018 Call Minutes or watch the Call Recordings. Files are available in the TECNA Members Only Portal. Click Here to Login and then Click on 'Resources' on the Top Navigation.

Upcoming Calls:
Community of Interest Events 2018 Q2 Call - Register Here
Wednesday, May 30th, 10:30am Pacific / 1:30pm Eastern
Topic: Event Hacks - Review of tools/apps/programs we use that are supposed to make our work easier.

Community of Interest Membership 2018 Q2 Call - Register Here
Wednesday, June 6th, 10:30am Pacific / 1:30pm Eastern
Topic: Innovative Member Engagement  

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

Thank You TECNA's Strategic Partners

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