Next week, March 26-28, the North Carolina Technology Association and Council for Entrepreneurial Development will serve as hosts for 30 executives registered to attend our CEO Retreat. I’ll report out highlights in next month’s update including the results of a virtual turn key toolbox that is being developed for our member CEOs.
Looking ahead to our next program, please remember to register for the TECNA Summer Conference. May 15 is the deadline for hotel registration and our early bird registration savings.
Over the next few months our Communities of Interest (COI) will have several engagement opportunities. Check out information about the STEM, Workforce, Membership, and Events COIs for updates and to sign up to participate in future calls. The Membership COI will host a best practice webinar on April 15.
Work is well underway to move forward a few of our 2014 priorities. Eleven RFPs were received to support TECNA’s rebranding and web redesign projects. Over the next few weeks the vendor(s) will be selected and timelines developed to meet our launch dates. If you have an interest to volunteer with our branding and web redesign efforts, please email me.
We are also currently collecting letters of interest from vendors interested in supporting our State of the Industry Report to assess the impact of the North American technology industry (specifically the U.S. and Canada) across a number of indicators at both the national and state/provincial level. A formal RFP will be launched in April to collect final bid information.
I’d like to thank all members who provided feedback on the proposed North American Awards Gala. At this time, we did not have the commitment level to move forward with the gala as proposed. The Task Force will reconvene this spring to explore alternative approaches for future consideration.
Over the last few weeks I’ve also had the privilege of meeting with several TECNA member organizations. From February 26-28 I traveled to Ottawa for a Canadian Policy Forum with participation from five TECNA member organizations including BCTIA, Communitech, ICTAM, Tech Southeast, and AQT. I also joined the Austin Technology Council with their participation in South By Southwest’s Interactive Festival.
Last but not least, TECNA is excited to welcome our newest member, the Yukon Information Technology and Industry Society. Welcome aboard!
Bob Moore, CAE
TECNA, Executive Director