TECNA Digest - November 2018 

TECNA Board Chair Message 
One of the interesting suggestions coming out of the TECNA Summer Conference in Des Moines was the idea of holding regional meetings in the fall to discuss policy issues and generate content that could feed into, for example, the DC Fly-in, the spring CEO Retreat, and the Summer Conference. Before ramping this idea up into a regular calendar event, we thought it would make sense to organize a pilot session in one region to test the concept. So, on November 7, I look forward to joining representatives from several southeastern councils and CompTIA in Atlanta for the "test drive". Special thanks to TECNA Policy Chair and North Carolina Technology Association (NCTech) President & CEO Brooks Raiford and Heather Maxfield, VP of Government Affairs and Statewide Activity with the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) for pulling this together.  
I would also like to take this opportunity to wish all of our American colleagues a happy Thanksgiving, always a wonderful time with family and friends. And food. And football. Enjoy the holiday and if you are traveling, be safe.
Doug Robertson
TECNA Board Chair
President & CEO, Venn Innovation, Inc 
Pittsburgh Tech Council Issues Statement on October 27 Tragedies
Dear Technology Community,  
On behalf of the Pittsburgh Technology Council (PTC) and our Board of Directors, we offer our deepest condolences to the victims of the horrifying hate crime at the Tree of Life during Shabbat services on Saturday. This was an attack not just on one synagogue, but on everything we hold dear. Hatred has no place in our city or our country. Read More 
Register Now: 2019 DC Fly-in & TECNA Reception 
2019 CompTIA DC Fly-In
February 4 - 6, 2019
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill   
Registration is FREE to TECNA members and your members with registration code: "TECNA19"
Each attendee (council staff and your members) must complete a separate online registration. Please send any questions about registration to: CompTIAregistration@comptia.org .
2nd annual TECNA DC Reception
Monday, February 4, 2019, 5:00-7:00pm at The City Club of Washington
Join us for a TECNA Reception for TECNA Member Councils and your members with hosted beer, wine and light hors d'oeuvres. All DC Fly-in attendees - including TECNA Members and their member companies - must register separately and pay for this TECNA DC Reception: Register for the Reception Here.  
2019 Upcoming Events
2019 CEO Retreat - Save the Date
April 1 - 3, 2019
at Maple Ranch Retreat Center in Amorette, Missouri

2019 Summer Conference - Save the Date
July 23 - 25, 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin  
at Epic Corporate Campus
2019 Membership Renewal

Renewal invoices have been sent to TECNA members.
Login to TECNA's website to process your renewal: click here. Please contact Executive Director Tim Jemal with any questions at tjemal@tecna.org.

We thank you for your continuing support of TECNA!
2018 Regional Policy Summit

On November 7, representatives from eight TECNA member councils and CompTIA will attend a pilot Regional Policy Summit in Atlanta. We're convening to discuss state policy issues, methods of vetting issues on which to take a position and more. Learn more
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Member News
Checkout this article about the work of WEtech Alliance, "Detroit, the city that put the world on wheels, has emerged as the globe's premier research centre for keeping us moving into the future and local officials are hoping Windsor can hop along for the ride..." Read More

New Jersey Tech Council CEO shared his response to the Governor's new economic development plan - read here.

Palm Beach Tech is hosting their 2nd annual Pitch Competition on November 13th - learn more.

Venn Innovation, Inc. has been working hard to help companies throughout Atlantic Canada understand more about how to make strategic decisions with confidence through competitive intelligence. They've put together a few terms that you may or may not know. How many do you know?

NH Tech Alliance announces their new name and reorganization reinforce their commitment to supporting members and further strengthening the tech ecosystem. NH Tech Alliance is also continuing their search for an Executive Director.

Wisconsin Tech Council will host the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium with some of the most active entrepreneurs, investors a nd service experts from
Wisconsin and beyond taking part in six panel discussions, and will also feature an "Investor Intros" segment to connect emerging companies with angel and venture capitalists - Learn more

Strategic Partner News

Slavic 401k blogs about how a tight labor market can improve retirement readiness - read more.

Communities of Interest (CoI) Events
TECNA Communities of Interest (COI) are peer-to-peer collaborations and information-sharing groups exclusively for members: membership, events and workforce.

During webinars, conference calls and Slack Group communications, TECNA members share best practices and gain valuable insights on solving common challenges.

The next Community of Interest calls will be scheduled for Q1 2019.
In the interim, connect with Communities of Interest on TECNA's Slack.

TECNA is considering establishing a Marketing/Communications Community of Interest and Slack channel, and we're looking for a Chair for this COI. If you're interested, please contact Alina Hardy: ahardy@tecna.org.

For more information about COIs, please contact Alina Hardy: 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. 

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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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