Digest Newsletter | October 2020
TECNA Board Chair Message
Dear TECNA Members,
 
We’re hiring! The applications have been rolling in for the TECNA Executive Director position, and I want to thank you for referring incredible candidates. The search committee, led by Brian Kennedy (Pittsburgh Technology Council), will soon begin screening candidates with initial interviews. Here is a link to the job posting if you would like to share it with candidates in your network.

As I am sure you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has made future planning complicated. The ability to safely host TECNA’s 2021 events in-person (DC Fly-in, CEO Retreat, and Summer Conference) will continue to be monitored. If safety continues to be a concern, we will pivot to provide valuable content in a virtual format. Please stay tuned for more details.
Thank you,
Ryan Weber 
Chairperson | Technology Councils of North America
President & CEO | KC Tech Council
TECNA is Hiring
We seek a bright, engaging, and experienced Executive Director (remote position) to lead the growth of our organization, the collective voice of North America’s technology councils, and drive the creation of impactful new services and programs that support the success of our members. Apply Online
TECNA Member News
Pittsburgh Technology Council hosted a great interview with an official from Operation Warp Speed - watch or read online.

Quebec Technology Association hosted the 18th edition of their Sales & Marketing Forum, starting Sept 30th called: “ The Big Bang.” Over 75% of their members have sales on international scenes. The current pandemic brings a lot of challenges in terms of commercialization, both locally & abroad. Selling in this new era is the main focus of the 2020 Big Bang event! Learn More

TechPoint partnered with One America Works to recruit Silicon Valley tech workers for in-demand jobs in Indy, attracting 100+ interviews during a virtual event in September. Learn More

Technology Association of Georgia is taking their event Fintech South virtual! You're welcome to join online Oct. 5- 9 for 60+ hours of interactive content from over 250 speakers across 12 thematic tracks, covering a broad range of fintech topics. Learn More
Welcome New TECNA Member

Welcome Orlando Tech Council! Their main objectives are to strengthen the Orlando region’s innovation resources, create new opportunities for companies to scale, and to amplify the region’s success stories, raising the global profile of Orlando as a leading community for entrepreneurship and innovation. Learn More
TECNA Public Policy Advocacy
Public Policy - US
TECNA Signs on to support for rural broadband development - read the letter.
Public Policy Committee Meeting
Next Meeting TBD

Contact Alina at ahardy@tecna.org if you'd like to be added to the Public Policy Committee Mailing List.
Communities of Interest Webinars

TECNA Communities of Interest (COI) are peer-to-peer collaborations and information-sharing groups exclusively for members: membership, events, workforce and communications.
Membership - Community of Interest Q4 Webinar
Wednesday, October 21, 10:00am PT/1:00pm ET
Informally discussing challenges and best practices in membership retention and recruitment.

Additional 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:
Code.org's Computer Science State Policy Forum
Computer science is more important than ever. Too bold a statement? Maybe not when you consider the potential computer science has to address society’s equity issues and our reliance on computing to survive the pandemic.

You're invited to participate in the 2020 Computer Science State Policy Forum on October 14-15, 2020. This year the forum goes virtual and consists of two sessions:
1. "Computer Science is More Important Than Ever" - Afterward, Code.org, the Computer Science Teachers Association, and the Expanding Computing Education Pathways Alliance will launch the 2020 State of Computer Science Education Report.  
2. A “state of your state” session on October 14 or 15, where you will learn about and discuss the state of computer science in your state. See the forum website for the exact time for your state’s session. 
The registration deadline is October 11, 2020.  
In the weeks and months following the State Policy Forum, there will be a series of virtual sessions on a wide range of topics. Details coming soon.
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.
TECNA 401k Program Offering

We are very pleased to announce TECNA has partnered with the 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 launched a new 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.
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