TECNA Digest - November 2019

TECNA Board Chair Message
Here we grow again. It has been quite a year of growth for TECNA, as we have welcomed new members in Canada and the United States, including some you will be introduced to in this month's Digest. We are at all time highs for member tech councils, in both countries, and that speaks positively to the value proposition TECNA offers to its members. With this growth comes new opportunities to learn from each other, to share best practices, to leverage the most from our membership to better serve the companies we work for, and the communities and regions we call home.
With this in mind, I am very enthused about the content being planned for the 2020 CEO Retreat, and already under consideration for the 2020 Summer Conference. The planning committees for both events are working hard to ensure we have subject matter that will help us stay ahead of the many key, transformational changes that affect all member councils, new and old.  

Doug Robertson
TECNA Board Chair
President & CEO,
Venn Innovation, Inc
New Members
Welcome Digital Nova Scotia! 
Digital Nova Scotia is the industry association for the tech sector in Nova Scotia - striving to connect their digital community, promote its successes and lead skill development to help it grow, evolve, and thrive.  Learn More

Welcome MaRS Discovery District! MaRS is an urban innovation hub in Downtown Toronto supporting Canada's most promising startups and scaleups helping them grow, create jobs and solve society's greatest challenges.  Learn More

Welcome Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania! TCCP works to connect members and organizations through technology and drive economic development throughout the Central Pennsylvania region.  Learn More

TECNA Workforce Development Survey - Coming Soon
We ask all Member Councils to designate one staff person to complete this survey benchmarking Workforce and STEM programs implemented by your council.
The results of this benchmarking survey will be shared with all respondents. 

Workforce Benchmarking Survey will be emailed separately later this month.
CompTIA/TECNA Policy Summit
Last week in Orange County, CA, CompTIA  brought together CompTIA and TECNA members focused on US government affairs and government solutions to converge at this two-day, policy and public sector event. The Summit explored the 2020 presidential election; how AI, automation and political transformation impact future initiatives; host a hot topic discussion with state CIOs and more.

On the morning of November 7th, TECNA Members convened for a robust exchange of best practices and ideas on public  policy activities at the state and federal issues. 
CEO Retreat 2020
Save the Date!
March 17-19, 2020
Las Alcobas , Napa Valley, California

The 2020 TECNA CEO Retreat will be held at the fabulous and exclusive Las Alcobas resort in the heart of California's historic wine country. The renowned  Beringer Winery  i s immediately adjacent to the property, providing easy logistics for a group tasting. Mark  your calendars and look for registration to open up in late 2019/early 2020.  
Summer Conference 2020

Save the Date!
July 22-24, 2020
The 2020 TECNA Summer Conference will be hosted by TECNA member Pittsburgh Technology Council and held in Pittsburgh, PA, July 22-24, 2020. 

TECNA Member News
NVTC  shares that  the National Security Agency launched its new Cybersecurity Directorate  on the same day as the 4th annual summit, whose speakers focused on the opportunities and challenges facing the region's cybersecurity community. Read More

NVTC President & CEO Bobbie Kilberg to retire June 30, 2020, after 22 years of service. Read More

NTC presented a check to GeekCause in support of its mission to help address the technology needs of Middle Tennessee nonprofit organizations.  Read More

NH Tech Alliance named
  SpotOn Virtual Smart Fence by OnPoint Systems their 2019 Product of the Year. Read More

TechPoint's Q3 VC Report shows that VC Investments continue to rise in Indiana - and Indiana is still a hot area for investment, including some major players from the West Coast. Read More

Pittsburgh Tech Council's TechVibe radio and podcast was ranked #12! Read More

Palm Beach Tech supporting 6th annual Global Entrepreneurship Week in Palm Beach County in November. Read More

Venn Innovation took Atlantic FinTech Companies to Money 20/20 in Las Vegas. Read More
Strategic Partner News

"Financial Wellness Programs are Growing in Popularity " shares Slavic 401k - read more.

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 webinars: 

Next Webinars Will Be Early 2020 - Watch for Dates

Plus - new Public Policy Community of Interest forming in early 2020.

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 also connect with Communities of Interest anytime on TECNA's Slack.

For more information about COIs, please contact Alina Hardy: ahardy@tecna.org.
2019 Best Practices Now Available
Login to the members-only portal on the tecna.org website to access Best Practices compiled from the 2019 TECNA Innovation Awards Nominations on the Resources tab.

After reviewing Best Practices, continue the conversation on TECNA's Slack.
 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.
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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