TECNA Digest - January 2020

TECNA Board Chair Message
Welcome to 2020 and a new decade. I first became involved with TECNA in 2010, the year we launched my tech organization. Much has changed in that time, an inevitability in an industry where change is constant. While the business of tech councils is by nature evergreen, the constant for members of TECNA has been the steady, and evolutionary, support we have enjoyed through our membership. And with that support comes a deep peer network and so many relationships and friendships along the way, and the opportunity to learn from each other in a strong network of sharing, as opposed to competitive, member organizations. 

Last year we took the learning element to a new level with the introduction of the TECNA Innovation Awards, an opportunity to be exposed to some of the exciting and innovative initiatives being delivered by our peers, and a chance to celebrate the incredible work of the staff members behind them. Those first Innovation Awards attracted over 30 submissions highlighting forward-thinking programming in advocacy, marketing, workforce development and member engagement. The call for submissions for the 2020 awards will be coming shortly, and we look forward to seeing your submissions and celebrating this year's Innovation Awards at our 2020 Summer Conference in Pittsburgh in July. In the meantime, happy new year. I look forward to seeing you during our exciting 2020 calendar of events including the TECNA DC Fly-in next month, the 2020 CEO Retreat in California in March, and of course the Summer Conference.
Doug Robertson
TECNA Board Chair
President & CEO, 
Venn Innovation, Inc
TECNA DC Fly-in 2020
Register Now for the 2020 TECNA DC Fly-in!
February 11-12, 2020

TECNA Member Councils as well as their members are eligible to attend.

The 2020 TECNA DC Fly-in will consist of the following elements:
  • Tech Demo Reception & Tech Champion Awards Hosted by CompTIA
  • TECNA State and Federal Policy & Legislative Exchange Update Hosted by AT&T
  • Optional Capitol Hill Visits coordinated by individual tech councils

Register Online Now 
TECNA Workforce Development Survey
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. 

Deadline to Submit: Today, January 15th

TECNA Member GrowthZone Discount
Exclusive TECNA Member Discount: 
GrowthZone, which provides association management software, is offering a 20% Discount to TECNA members that sign-up as a new user of the GrowthZone platform. Additionally, TECNA members will also receive a 20% Discount when migrating from their existing MemberZone platform to GrowthZone.  

This discount is exclusively available to TECNA members. You must be a TECNA member in good standing to receive these valuable discounts. 

If you are interested, please contact Alina Hardy, TECNA Project Coordinator, by Today, January 15th at ahardy@tecna.org.

Let her know who is the best contact to further discuss this opportunity with a GrowthZone representative. Once we receive this information, we will connect you to the appropriate contact at GrowthZone.  
CEO Retreat 2020 - Register Now
The 2020 CEO Retreat will be held at the fabulous and exclusive  Las Alcobas Resort , Napa Valley, California March 17-19, 2020. All CEOs and Executive Directors are invited to attend.

Deadline to Register: Friday, February 14, 2020

If interested in sponsoring the 2020 CEO Retreat,  click here to learn more.
TECNA Member News
Arizona Technology Council shares quarterly eImpact Report revealing the number of technology firms in Arizona tops 9,000 for first time - read more.

AZTC also shared their legislative priorities for the tech sector outlined in their 2020 Public Policy Guide - read here.

Flagship.Kansas shares a feature story about the growing tech economy in Kansas - read here.

Montana High Tech shares how veterans are finding success in military service and Montana's tech sector - read more.

Digital Nova Scotia welcomes their new Coop Student - read here.

WEtech Alliance shares why Silicon Valley company chose Windsor to open a new office - read more.

Knoxville Technology Council shares how students turned the tables and were the teachers at their inaugural PolitiCode event on election day - read more.

TechPoint shares an article from Medium on how Indiana became the next big startup tech hub - read here.  

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: 

Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Webinars:
  • Communications: Monday, March 23rd at 10:30am PST/1:30pm EST
    Topic: TBD

Requests or ideas for Community of Interest webinar topics, contact the COI Chairs: 

  • Communications: Alex Curtis, Greater Nashville Technology Council
  • Membership: Kate Truman, Pittsburgh Technology Council
  • Events: Danielle Pinto, Philadelphia PACT
  • Workforce: John Shaw, Northern Virginia Technology Council 

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.

For more information about COIs, please contact Alina Hardy: ahardy@tecna.org.
Summer Conference 2020

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

TECNA On Slack

Join TECNA's community on Slack exclusively for TECNA Member Council staff. Slack Channels include membership, events, talent/workforce and private channel for CEOs. A policy Slack Channel will be launching soon.

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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