TECNA Digest - May 2019

TECNA Board Chair Message
TECNA members serve over 22,000 companies across Canada and the United States, exciting tech companies whose innovation and success we celebrate every day. And of course, most of us have been involved with or attended industry awards dinners and events that recognize excellence at the company and individual levels.   
Last month, we launched the first ever TECNA Innovation Awards. Like the industries we serve, these awards are an opportunity for us to recognize our team members who are building the technology ecosystem in unique and innovative ways. They are an opportunity to celebrate the exceptional work our staff do with and for our member companies and in our communities every day. This July at the TECNA Summer Conference in Madison, we will celebrate the first winners of our new awards, deserving individuals or teams that have distinguished themselves through innovative and impactful work on behalf of their councils. Most of us, I believe, have deserving candidates on our staff.  
The TECNA Innovation Awards give us a platform to celebrate their efforts and leadership with their peers, just as our member companies do. The deadline for nominations is fast approaching so please check out the TECNA Innovation Awards at tecna.org/innovation-awards and consider making a nomination.   
Doug Robertson
TECNA Board Chair
President & CEO,
Venn Innovation, Inc  
Save $100 on Early-Bird Summer Conference Registration
2 019 TECNA 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.
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. Content will focus on building partnerships, examining trends and practices and growing your tech councils. 
Register Now and Save $100 on your Registration Fee Before May 31st   
Nominate Today: 1st Ever TECNA Innovation Awards
First-ever TECNA Innovation Awards will recognize one or more tech council member staff who have been integral to develop and implement innovative and impactful work on behalf of your tech association at the TECNA Summer Conference.
The work being nominated should have a milestone in 2018. Nominations may be made by TECNA member council staff, a member of your tech council or Board, or by a community or government partner of your tech council.
Award categories include:  
  • Membership Retention & Recruitment
  • Creative Marketing & Communications
  • Talent Pipeline & Workforce
  • Major Impact on Tech Community
  •  Public Policy/Advocacy
Winners will be recognized at the 2019 TECNA Summer Conference in Madison, WI.
Nomination Deadline Wednesday, May 22, 2019


Member News
MassTLC CEO, Tom Hopcroft, presented to the NJTC board on April 26. Following the meeting, some members toured the AT&T Science and Technology Innovation Center/Museum.

NJTC Board and Tom Hopcroft Touring AT_T Science _ Tech Innovation Center

NJTC launched a Talent Briefing highlighting some trends relating to jobs and salaries in the state - check it out here.

Venn Innovation, Inc. shares their latest blogpost exploring the importance of Indicators and signals: What are you really seeing? - read here.

TechPoint hosted their 20th Annual Mira Awards Gala, which honored 'The Best of Tech in Indiana' on Saturday, April 13. Check out their awards and winners - click here. Watch a video capturing the night here:

Official Trailer - The 20th Annual Mira Awards Celebration

NVTC hosted its first ever Virginia Data Center Awards on April 24. More than 300 industry executives, economic development professionals, and state elected officials attended the sold-out event to discuss a strong workforce pipeline and other key factors in maintaining Virginia's competitiveness in the data center industry and to recognize individuals and projects that represent excellence in areas of sustainability, construction, advocacy, and community engagement and support. Click here for more information.
The award winners from the 2019 Virginia Data Center Leadership Awards
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 Calls:

Workforce Community of Interest Call
Wednesday, May 22 at 10:00am PDT - Topic: TBD

Events Community of Interest Call
Wednesday, May 29 at 10:00am PDT - Topic: TBD

Membership Community of Interest Call
Wednesday, June 5 at 10:00am PDT - Topic: TBD

Communications Community of Interest Call
Wednesday, June 12 at 10:00am PDT - Topic: TBD

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
"Half of older Americans have no money set aside for retirement, according to new data from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)," shares Slavic 401k - read more about Retirement Readiness and Automatic Enrollment.  

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. 
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