April 2019 President Message

by Steven G. Zylstra

You might say Clyde Tombaugh was literally starstruck when he worked to help put Arizona on the map in the world of astronomy.  What? You’ve never heard of him? His was a story filled with persistence and alertness.  Although he wanted to pursue astronomy after an uncle loaned him a telescope, a lack of funds kept Tombaugh out of college and forced him to build his own … [More]

National Group Honors Schweikert for Tech Efforts

by Don Rodriguez

Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) is winner of a CompTIA Tech Champion Award given to leaders focused on driving innovation, job growth and advancements for the information technology industry. The Tech Champion Awards are given annually to a member of the House of Representatives, as well as a member of the Senate and an industry executive who has exemplified leadership in the … [More]

Grant Is Sign of SciTech Institute’s Stepping Into Its Own Spotlight

by Don Rodriguez

It’s one thing to take the lead on building Arizona’s STEM ecosystem, but it’s a plus when that recognition goes beyond the state’s borders. The SciTech Institute, a collaborative initiative of the Arizona Technology Council and the Arizona Commerce Authority, has been awarded part of a $1 million Southwest Airlines Charitable Grant, which focuses on building a stronger … [More]

Digital Goods Bill Threatens Heavy Taxation for Arizona

by Don Rodriguez

Paying your fair share of taxes. Members of the Arizona Technology Council recognize that is part of doing business.  Consider Senate Bill 1460 in the Arizona Legislature. The measure was designed to create parameters for determining the taxable status of digital goods and services at state and local levels. The Council and its members fully support the original intent of … [More]

Global Impact in the Sights of Committee

by Don Rodiguez

With a focus on success, Optics Valley members have been working to capture the world’s attention for an industry that serves fields ranging from aerospace to telecommunications. A new workforce development program now gives this Arizona Technology Council committee the chance to influence others who are considering joining this cutting-edge profession. Formerly known as the … [More]