Increased Costs Bring Council Membership Dues Hike

by Don Rodriguez

Just as the roster of programs and services provided by the Arizona Technology Council has grown, so have the related costs. That’s why its board of directors has voted to institute an approximately 10 percent increase in annual membership dues. 

Existing members will see their increase when it’s time for renewal, while the increase for new members became effective April 1. Renewing members can maintain their current membership rate during 2019, however, if paid 90 days before their anniversary date.

The previous revision of the dues structure was in 2015. Since then, the expense of maintaining the staff jumped 20 percent while their benefit costs increased 9.5 percent. Add to that climbing operation costs such as rent by 31 percent, payroll taxes by 30 percent and credit card processing by 10 percent.

With offices in Phoenix and Tucson serving more than 800 members, the Council is the only organization serving the technology sector statewide. The most popular member benefits include:

  • Free attendance to more than 50 networking and educational events each year
  • Member pricing on signature events and conferences
  • Discounts on products and services through the Preferred Partners Program
  • Marketing exposure through social media, the Council’s website and other advertising opportunities
  • Support of the Council’s public policy efforts and local STEM initiatives

The amount of dues depends on the size and type of organization. For example, the annual dues in 2019 for an organization with up to three employees is $380 for industry (provides and develops technology products and services), $550 for associate (provides key support services to technology organizations) and $400 for accredited government, nonprofit or not-for-profit.

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