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]

Top Talent On Board

by Don Rodriguez

Two CEOs of their organizations and two vice presidents for their companies are the newest members of the Arizona Technology Council board of directors after being elected unanimously to serve three-year terms at the quarterly board meeting in January. “This group of dynamic leaders has worked in Arizona’s technology community for many years and knows what it takes to advance … [More]

Mini-themes Are Part of Magazine’s Move to Blog

by Don Rodriguez

Bio. Fintech. Energy. Smart Cities. Those are just a few of the themes that have been covered recently in TechConnect, the magazine launched by the Arizona Technology Council nearly 15 years ago to cover the state’s science and technology industry. But it’s time to hit the reset button. The Council and its publishing partner, the Arizona Commerce Authority, are transitioning … [More]

Strong Start

by Don Rodriguez

Think of the one thing that an organization ideally wants more than anything to complete its biggest project. Most would say “plenty of time” is that precious must-have. So, when a team charged with launching the Arizona Technology Council’s new association health plan (AHP) — the first health program specifically designed for small technology employers in the state — received … [More]

Rivalries on Hold

by Don Rodriguez

Who would have guessed that science could trump sports rivalries when it came to Arizona universities actually getting along in the     same space? Instead of heated competition, the annual Connect2STEM event at The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix was the scene where representatives from Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University joined their … [More]

System Support

by Don Rodriguez

An idea that’s good for Safford might be good for Globe. And it might even be perfect for Chinle. But without the right network to share that idea, it might just stay in Safford — or miss the opportunity to get even better with feedback from others. This is an example of a scenario that the Arizona Technology Council and others supporting a STEM ecosystem are trying to … [More]

October 2019 President’s Message

by Steven G. Zylstra

It’s no secret that the Arizona Technology Council can’t exist without the support of its members. That’s why our team at the Council does everything it can to provide the types of services that help our members move the ball forward. From events that help members stay abreast of new trends to providing an outlet where they can spread the word about job openings to ongoing … [More]

Leveling the Playing Field

by Don Rodriguez

There was a time when benefits were the last thing anyone asked about when accepting a new job. After all, it seemed like every position, especially those for professionals, offered a package at an affordable price — if anything at all was paid — so the new employee could focus on what he or she was hired to do: work. Different time, different world. It’s no longer a … [More]

Association Health Plan Features

by Don Rodriguez

Health Program Bundle The Arizona Technology Council Association Benefits Program offers a comprehensive health insurance product bundle that includes: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Medical – 15 different medical plans on four networks Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Dental – Five dental options, including a Dental HMO you can pair with a Dental PPO VSP – Five … [More]

Future Maker

by Don Rodriguez

If there’s one word that best describes how the SciTech Institute has left its mark, it’s “advanced.” The organization grew what some considered a science fair for kids into its namesake statewide festival that has entire communities thinking about opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). It has established the Chief Science Officers program that … [More]

Familiar Territory

by Don Rodriguez

The tide may be turning where it comes to a large portion of Arizona college students preparing for STEM careers then taking their degrees to another state after graduation. This is a conclusion included in the most recent update of the Arizona Technology Council Industry Impact Report, which uses data from different sources to offer a glimpse of trends in the state’s … [More]