TECNA Digest - September 2019

TECNA Board Chair Message
When former Finnish Prime Minister Esko Aho addressed the 2016 TECNA CEO Retreat participants and a room full of community leaders and decision makers in Moncton, he spoke of the imperative of staying ahead of the global wave of digitalization that is transforming modern economies. This past June at the True North conference in Waterloo, opening keynote speaker Thomas Friedman reminded us that both moral innovation and government policy have not been keeping pace with technological transformation.  Last year we introduced a new concept intended to contribute to TECNA's role in policy development and related preparation for opportunities such as the DC Fly-In. The first TECNA policy summit was held last November in Atlanta and proved an idea worth repeating. 

This November, in conjunction with CompTIA's annual Tech Summit, an event that will focus on a number of critical policy drivers affecting our industry, we will convene the 2nd annual  TECNA Policy Summit in Newport Beach, California. TECNA's Policy Chair, Brooks Raiford, will be reaching out with more details on both the CompTIA program and our policy summit. Sticking with the "Going to California" theme, I am pleased to confirm that the 2020 TECNA CEO Retreat will held at the Las Alcobas   resort in the heart of California's wine country. It is an awesome venue, and I believe sets the stage for another stimulating CEO Retreat.

Doug Robertson
TECNA Board Chair
President & CEO,
Venn Innovation, Inc
Register for Nov. 6-7 CompTIA/TECNA Policy Summit
CompTIA Tech Summit/TECNA Policy Summit
November 6-7, 2019
Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach, California

CompTIA i bringing together CompTIA and TECNA members focused on US government affairs and government solutions to converge at this two-day, must-attend policy and public sector event. The Summit will explore the 2020 presidential election; how AI, automation and political transformation impact future initiatives; host a hot topic discussion with state CIOs and much more! TECNA members (CEOs, tech council staff, government affairs consultants) as well as your corporate members receive complimentary registration with promo code "TECNA" (instead of paying the $350 CompTIA non-member rate). The comp. registration is for TECNA-members only.  Click here to view details and register with CompTIA

On the morning of November 7th, TECNA Members will convene for a
Fall Policy Summit addressing policy issues on the federal and state level. You're then invited to a TECNA Happy Hour on Thursday evening in beautiful Laguna Beach - Click Here to Register for the TECNA Happy Hour Reception.
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.  

Also, if you're interested in joining the planning committee to contribute to the programming for the retreat, please contact Tim Jemal at tjemal@tecna.org.
Member News
Palm Beach Tech hires VP of Development and Announces FPL Exec to Chair Board - read more.

WEtech Alliance announces federal funding will boost Windsor's women tech entrepreneurs - read more.

TechPoint asks if Indiana can become the hub of the global esports phenomenon - read more and shares why parental leave policies are critical to attracting talent - read more.  

Venn Innovation is leading the Atlantic Canadian mission to Money20/20 - read more. Venn also shares a blogpost about how the way you grow giant pumpkins is how you should grow your business plan - read more

Knoxville Technology Council launch event a huge success - read more.

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.
Strategic Partner News

" Workplace benefits are more important than ever " 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: 

Wednesday, October 9, 10:30am PDT
GrowthZone Product Demo
Registration Coming Soon

Wednesday, October 16, 10:00am PDT
Topic: TBD

Wednesday, October 23, 10:00am PDT
"Intersection of Membership & Sponsorship"

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.
 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.
2019 Membership Survey
Thank you to all who completed the 2019 Membership Survey. 

Find the Membership Survey Results in the "TECNA Business Session" presentation in the members-only portal of the TECNA website.
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
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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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