Digest Newsletter | March 2021
Hello TECNA Community,

I hope you all are doing well and enjoying the start of spring! With the COVID-19 vaccination rollouts across the United States and Canada, I look forward to meeting you all in person soon as we get closer to herd immunity and an end to the pandemic. 

Thank you to everyone who took the time to participate in our events survey recently, as we are trying to determine the appetite and ability of the membership for travel and in-person participation at events. Based on data collected, TECNA’s 2021 Summer Conference will be virtual July 21-23, 2021. We will be diligently working with the Summer Conference Planning Committee on speakers and agenda items in the months to come and welcome all interested members to participate in the planning.

Additionally, the DC Fly-In, usually held in the winter months in Washington, D.C., will also be done virtually this year, most likely in Q3. The U.S. Public Policy Committee is meeting regularly and is in the process of developing a public policy agenda for the organization. The committee is chaired by Heather Maxfield, Vice President, Government Affairs & Statewide Economic Development, Technology Association of Georgia. If you are interested in participating on the US Public Policy Committee, please click here.

Likewise, we are also underway assembling a Canadian Public Policy Committee. If you would like to participate in the committee, please sign up here and we will be in touch in the near future with meeting dates.

There is a clear desire to have an in-person CEO Retreat amongst the membership and we are shooting to host this in Q4 of 2021. The date and location are yet to be determined but will be soon – stay tuned for those details!

TECNA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Community of Interest (COI) is newly chaired by Ruth Morris, Sr. Director, Content Marketing, Mass Technology Leadership Council. This COI met in the fall for the first time and will be meeting on Wednesday, April 14 at 1:30 ET. The DEI COI will be discussing best practices and ways our organizations can be embracing DEI initiatives. To participate in this COI click here to register and to receive notifications on its initiatives, click here.

This is a long letter with a lot of information, but a lot has been happening here at TECNA! I continue to enjoy getting to know you, the membership, and I appreciate your passion for your members. Thank you all for all for your enthusiasm and excitement! Please contact me with suggestions and questions. 
Jennifer G. Young
Technology Councils of North America
TECNA Member News
Technology Association of Georgia shares a white paper written by Larry Williams, President of TAG and National Technology Security Coalition, "Fighting the Invisible Hurricane - Why a Public-Private Cybersecurity Partnership Supports National Security" - download pdf.

PACT will offer Phorum their Enterprise Technology Conference as a four episode virtual conference series, April 13-22, that will explore the "Enterprise Data Journey." Participate live or watch sessions on-demand, network with your peers in the virtual lounge, and meet Demo Pit companies - learn more.

NVTC invites all TECNA members to attend their two upcoming virtual events (registration is complimentary but required): Masters of Leadership series showcases innovative management strategies and bold leadership principles from some of the most prominent public figures and business leaders in our country & TalkTech with NVTC, will explore tech's most notable trends, new innovations, digital transformations, lean agile principles and mindsets, the future of work and more.

TechPoint announced the nominees for its 22nd annual Mira Awards program presented by Salesforce. Last year, an estimated 5,000+ people watched the first-ever virtual live broadcast of their Mira Awards gala. The 2021 Mira Awards nominee class is the most diverse in the program’s 22-year history - meet the nominees!

Palm Beach Tech Association is now Tech Hub South Florida - learn why they rebranded.

OhioX is starting its "Future of..." series with healthcare - learn more - and check out this article about Cleveland and Ohio in the race for technology talent - read online.

TAI recently launched the first statewide legislative podcast, Iowa Tech Policy Podcast, which focuses on technology-driven legislation with respect to topics such as technology & education, cybersecurity, telemedicine, diversity and inclusion in Iowa, broadband & connectivity, remote workers based in Iowa (working for out-of-state companies), the Governor's agenda, and state incentive programs for tech companies - learn more.

Flagship.Kansas is proud to share cybersecurity company Novacoast will open a new security operations center in Wichita - learn more.

Wisconsin Technology Council shares the Governor proposed investing $100 million from state government in a “fund of funds” that would be matched on a two-to-one basis by private investors. WTC has long prioritized this endeavor and has urged more state involvement in the venture capital class over time, with its latest “white papers” report renewing the call for a state fund of funds investment - learn more.

Knoxville Technology Council Women in Tech (WiT) and Women in Technology of Tennessee (WiTT) are hosting a three-part virtual event series focused on Advancing Women in Tech: Leadership Development. Learn more
TECNA Communities of Interest

TECNA Communities of Interest (COI) are peer-to-peer collaborations and information-sharing groups exclusively for members: communications, events, membership, public policy and workforce.
Upcoming COI Webinars:

Events - Community of Interest
Friday, March 26, 10:00am PT/1:00pm ET

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - Community of Interest
Wednesday, April 14, 10:30am PT/1:30pm ET

Workforce - Community of Interest
Friday, April 16, 10:00am PT/1:00pm ET

Communications - Community of Interest
Friday, May 7, 10:00am PT/1:00pm ET

Membership - Community of Interest
Wednesday, May 12, 10:00am PT/1:00pm ET

Missed a Recent Webinar?
Past COI webinar 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.

Requests or ideas for Community of Interest webinar topics, contact the COI Chairs:
TECNA Public Policy Advocacy
Public Policy
Register online to be added to the US or Canadian Public Policy Committees mailing lists - click here.
TECNA Partnerships
TECNA Discount for Premier Virtual

We are very pleased to announce TECNA has partnered with Premier Virtual to offer a 2021 TECNA Discount for their platform which offers virtual career fairs and virtual hiring events: 
  • First Individual Event with Premier Virtual - TECNA Member Cost $3,500
  • Additional Individual Events - TECNA Member Cost $4,000
  • Yearly License - TECNA Member Cost $15,300 (30% discount)
We are thrilled to offer this TECNA discount! We encourage you to reach out to Jamie Varraso at Premier Virtual directly with any questions about this software that bridges the gap between technology and human interaction.
TECNA 401k Program Offering

TECNA is partnered with 401(k) Tech Collective to offer the TECNA National 401(k) Program. This is a national retirement program built by the WTIA, one of our member associations. This program has been constructed specifically for technology organizations.
This partnership enables you to offer this exclusive program to your own member companies, providing additional value to their membership and helping them attract and retain talent in this competitive time. It also opens the door to a new revenue opportunity for your association.

Please check out all of the benefits here: 401ktechcollective.org
TECNA Health Insurance Benefit

TECNA offers a health insurance benefit for members, as well your members. TECNA is committed to helping member councils provide additional value to you, your staff and your members. Insurance is one area where TECNA may be able to offer immediate savings on items for which you and your members are currently paying. Your council must be a member of TECNA in good standing to qualify for this benefit. Please click here to see an overview of TECNA’s Health Insurance Benefit.

Coming Soon: Member General Liability, Professional Liability (Errors & Omissions) Cyber Liability, Property & Workers Compensation Insurance.
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