Digest Newsletter | February 2021
New TECNA CEO Message
Hello TECNA Community,

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” –Henry Ford.
 
This quote was brought to me by a dear friend a few years ago and has become a life motto of mine. It’s one of Henry Ford’s many quotes that is so simple but filled with great potential for action.
 
I am so honored to be here at TECNA and have been warmly welcomed by so many members. I truly love business association work – aiming to accomplish substantive change that will help business thrive and grow. We all are tasked with the goal of helping the technology industry succeed. I am committed to supporting all of you in serving your members by way of creating an environment for you to share best practices, cost saving opportunities and advocate for great public policy that benefits the tech ecosystem…and other ways yet to be determined!
 
By way of background, I spent eleven years at the Pittsburgh Technology Council where I participated in some of TECNA’s programs, specifically the Summer Conference in Waterloo in 2017 and the 2018 DC Fly-In. I am a strong proponent of benchmarking with peers and through the TECNA network have visited technology councils in Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York and Washington. I have personally benefitted from the value TECNA brings to its members and appreciate the many possible ways TECNA can provide value in the future.
 
I’m eager to get to know all of you! I want to learn about your priorities, your team, and your reasons for being a member of TECNA. What policy issues should TECNA be focusing on? How have you benefitted from TECNA’s offerings and what should TECNA provide in the future? I will be contacting you in the days/weeks to come to establish a time to meet and talk about all of these things and more. 
 
So many of you have already told me you believe TECNA has the potential to continue to do all that it already does well and even more. Let’s work together to make that so. 
 
I think we can!
Jennifer G. Young
CEO
Technology Councils of North America
TECNA 2021 Membership Renewals
TECNA Membership is at a high with 64 Member Councils in 2020! We appreciate the strong peer network created by TECNA, and are especially pleased with how we've continued to serve the community throughout the many challenges presented by COVID-19 this year.

Don't forget to process your Renewal Invoice or pay your dues online ASAP so you continue to receive TECNA Member Benefits in 2021 - click here. Members that have not yet renewed will begin to be dropped this month.

Thank you for your continued support of TECNA!
TECNA Member News
Indiana Technology & Innovation Association recently unveiled its 2021 Policy Agenda, which includes efforts to expand access to capital for Indiana tech companies, grow the tech talent pipeline in the state, enhance quality of life and place in Indiana, and improve diversity, inclusion and equity. Learn more read ITIA’s tech industry policy priorities here.

Wisconsin Technology Council, working with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., administered a statewide contest to tap into examples of innovative business practices during the COVID-19 pandemic - learn more.

FlagshipKansas.Tech charter member announces technology scholarship for state university students - learn more.

TechPoint shares MSN ranked the Indianapolis suburb of Fishers as the No. 1 city (of 10) for remote workers in the US - the latest accolade the region racked up of late as they work with members and partners to create an attractive space for tech workers and companies.

WEtech Alliance shares a regional article on "The Big Switch: COVID-19 Triggers Surge of Diversification in Local Manufacturing Sector" - Learn how Nearly 50 local companies pivoted into PPE with 80% of those saying they intend to stay in the healthcare equipment sector - read 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.
Communications Community of Interest Webinar
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
12:30pm PST/3:30pm EST

Membership Community of Interest Webinar
Friday, February 19, 2021
10:00am PST/1:00pm EST

Events Community of Interest Webinar
Friday, February 26, 2021
10:00am PST/1:00pm EST

Additional Upcoming COI Webinars TBD - watch for dates and topics soon.

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
TECNA Members are invited to attend this online seminar below and spread the word to invite your members, as well.

Startup Policy Seminar
Join Engine's Kate Tummarello and a panel of experts to discuss Section 230, how it affects startups and how to get involved.
Wednesday, February 17, 1:00pm PST/4:00pm EST

Engine and the panel will explore the utility of Section 230 for startups, the risks posed by a policy environment without the liability framework, and how startups can get involved to ensure continued commonsense legal frameworks to govern user-generated content and the startup ecosystem.
Contact Alina at ahardy@tecna.org if you'd like to be added to the Public Policy Committee Mailing List.
TECNA Partnerships
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.
TechGirlz Partnership Opportunities for TECNA Members
TECNA and TechGirlz are partnering in 2020 to offer member tech councils the opportunity to host a workshop.

The TechGirlz program works to make learning technology both thrilling and inviting for middle school girls, through their free extra curricular workshops (or TechShopz as their coined them!). From programming to robotics, web/app design, genetics and beyond, there is so much for the TechGirlz to experience. Their vision is to create a world where girls have a lifelong passion and confidence in their use of technology throughout their careers.

TECNA member councils interested in organizing a TechGirlz workshop please contact Alina Hardy, ahardy@tecna.org.
TECNA Discount for Premier Virtual

We are very pleased to announce TECNA has partnered with Premier Virtual to offer a TECNA Discount for their platform which offers virtual career fairs and virtual hiring events: 
  • First Single Event Cost for TECNA Members $2,500
  • Additional Single Event Cost for TECNA Members $3,500
  • TECNA Member Yearly License Discount 10%
You must be a TECNA member in good standing to get this TECNA benefit.

Review the Info Guide about Premier Virtual’s offering and standard pricing – click here to download or visit their website to learn more.
 
We encourage you to reach out to Jamie Varraso at Premier Virtual directly with any questions or to schedule a demo to learn more about this software that bridges the gap between technology and human interaction.
More Ways to Connect
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