On Sunday, August 28, 2022, the Arizona Technology Council (AZTC) celebrated its 20ththe anniversary as Arizona’s premier technology industry association. The Council was founded when the Arizona High-Tech Industry Cluster merged with the Internet and Software Association to create the Council. The Council now has more than 700 members and offices in Phoenix and Tucson and is thriving alongside the state’s fast-growing tech industry.
“It has been an honor to spend the last 15 years serving Arizona’s amazing tech community as president and CEO of an organization that has delivered lasting value for 20 years and shows no signs of slowing down,” said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Council and the SciTech Institute. “When we started, our goal was simple: bring technology leaders together to build a community that supports each other in building products that make a real difference in people’s lives. Today, we’ve grown into one of the nation’s largest technology associations, coinciding with the incredible growth of the state’s innovation economy. I would like to thank and Congratulations to our members, employees, board members and partners throughout Arizona.”
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As Arizona’s premier trade association for science and technology companies, the Council has spent the past two decades providing the community with numerous events, educational forums and business conferences that bring together local leaders to promote technology that can create jobs, stimulate local and national economies. and positively impact all Arizonans. He has welcomed a wide variety of technology leaders as members and board members, including Bob Smith, Honeywell Aerospace’s first board member on the Council and current CEO of Blue Origin, and Sandra Watson, president and CEO. Executive Officer of the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), a critical organization for Arizona and a key partner of the Council.
Additionally, the Council’s SciTech Institute (formerly the Arizona Technology Council Foundation) was founded shortly after the Council on May 17, 2004, with the goal of connecting the STEM community and inspiring people to pursue STEM-related careers. STEM and participate in STEM. events. For years, SciTech Institute has been successful in using its platform to encourage Arizonans of all ages to get involved with the STEM community and pursue STEM-related careers. It does this by hosting a wide variety of educational events and forums, including the annual AZ SciTech Festival, which features hundreds of events in 80 Arizona cities along with more than 900 partners in the science and technology ecosystem.
“I want to congratulate Steve and the Arizona Technology Council on 20 years of success,” said Watson. “ACA has been a long-time partner of the Council in programs like the SciTech Institute, which increases STEM awareness and outreach. We look forward to seeing the continued impact of the Council’s work and growing our tech ecosystem while strengthening Arizona’s reputation as a premier tech destination.”
Over the years, the Council has demonstrated its commitment to the Arizona tech community by working with other community partners to advocate for pro-tech legislation and lobby at the state and federal level on behalf of its members. The Council’s public policy successes have included:
• Help restore Career and Technical Education (CTE) funding
• Help create and maintain the Arizona research and development tax credit through 2030
• Help create and extend the Arizona Angel Investor Tax Credit through 2031
• Help pave the way for Association Health Plans in Arizona
• Contribute to the creation of the Arizona FinTech Sandbox
• Support increases in your investments in K-12 and post-secondary education
• And much more
Through its work, the Council has helped solidify Arizona’s position as a prime location for startups and large corporations alike. In recent years, several startups have been founded locally and a variety of high-tech companies have moved to Arizona, including TSMC, Waymo, Nikola, Lucid Motors, Benchmark, CampusLogic, Carvana and many more. There are also several long-standing tech giants that continue to invest and grow in Arizona, including Intel, Avnet, Raytheon, and Honeywell Aerospace.
“The Council is a staple of our technology ecosystem and an excellent resource for organizations, both new and established,” said Phil Gallagher, CEO of Avnet. “The organization’s work has been instrumental in developing this community and establishing Arizona as a hub for innovation. I congratulate Steve and his team on this milestone and all they have accomplished for our state over the last 20 years.”
The Council has also worked tirelessly to create a technology ecosystem that is laser-focused on leveling the playing field through diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. The Council’s dedication to DEI is exemplified through several internal and external partnerships and programs, including its partnerships with AZNext, ALRISE, and InclusionAZ, as well as its own programs such as the Council’s Technology Inclusion Forum and Women in Force committees. Labor. The Council was recently recognized for its efforts by the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) by winning the 2022 Innovation in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion award.
The Council will continue to commemorate its anniversary throughout the year, including on the 20ththe anniversary of the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) flagship event on November 8 at the Phoenix Convention Center. For more information about the Council’s mission and work in the technology community, visit www.aztechcouncil.org.