AZ Tech October 2020 President’s Message

by Steven G. Zylstra

Pandemic or no, we have all learned that we still need to stay the course no matter how choppy the waters may become. For the Arizona Technology Council, that meant pursuing a public policy agenda in a legislative session where lawmakers understandably had a lot of pressing matters to consider. A key reason we continued to make our presence known at the Legislature instead … [More]

Staying Connected

by Don Rodriguez

AZTechBase, a new platform unveiled by Arizona Technology Council, originally was designed to provide information about who we are as an industry. The timing couldn’t be better for this tool to help bring together our burgeoning technology ecosystem.  The Council partnered with the Arizona Commerce Authority and IT services firm AccountabilIT to launch AZTechBase, an online … [More]

2020 Vote TechSmart

by Don Rodriguez

To help its members and others make informed decisions during the legislative election season, the Arizona Technology Council has released its 2020 Vote TechSmart voter’s guide. In order to provide guidance on Arizona legislators who support the technology industry’s agenda, the biennial guide includes the Council’s 2020 legislative endorsements. The support of these … [More]

Technology Industry Impact Report shows sector growth in Q1 2020

by Don Rodriguez

Employment growth in the technology sector along with wages totaling more than $20 billion are just a few examples of the good news highlighted in the latest quarterly Arizona Technology Industry Impact Report released by the Arizona Technology Council. Specifically, data from the Q1 2020 report revealed a steady 3.45% growth in technology sector employment, with the wages … [More]

Parents: Help Is Here

by Don Rodriguez

Faced with school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, families looking for quality resources to support their students learning at home now have help with the online STEM Resource Directory from the SciTech Institute. The comprehensive directory compiles educational opportunities in a single place, organized clearly by audience and topic.  “We want to help parents and … [More]

Renewable Energy Hike

by Don Rodriguez

The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically altered our economic landscape both nationally and here in Arizona. Climbing back onto the state’s perch as one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing economies in the country is going to take hard work and innovation. Fortunately, what remains constant is our foundation as a technology and innovation hub. This is especially true in … [More]

Time to enroll in Association Health Plan

by Don Rodriguez

October marks the period for renewing participation in the Arizona Technology Council’s Association Health Plan (AHP), as well as securing a quote for your company. The AHP was launched last year in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. It targets Council member employers with fewer than 100 employees. When multiple small businesses join together as one … [More]

Newest Board Member

by Don Rodriguez

Carol A. Stewart, associate vice president, Tech Park Arizona, The University of Arizona, has been elected to the Arizona Technology Council’s board of directors. She was elected unanimously to serve a three-year term at the Council’s quarterly board meeting held in July. “Her leadership, skill set and extensive experience will help advance our agenda, which is designed to … [More]

President’s Message

by Steven G. Zylstra

Arizona’s technology industry is thankful to have a leader like Sen. Kyrsten Sinema working hard in Washington to address some of the most pressing issues Arizonans … no, make that all Americans face today. This goes double for her recent announcement that she and Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi together will take up the matter of net neutrality to advance a bipartisan, … [More]

Incentives for Innovation

by Don Rodriguez

Keeping the lights on today and even tomorrow. For a small business, achieving such a simple goal signals to the owner that there is a chance of making it past the early stage in the life cycle. But financial results of participants in Arizona’s Small Business Capital Investment Incentive Program offer the hope for small business owners to do more than just make it. Companies … [More]