High-Tech Day At Capitol To Be Held February 9th

Top Quote 4th Annual Event Sponsored By TAG and TechAmerica Georgia Brings Technology Community's Concerns To Legislators. End Quote
  • Atlanta, GA (1888PressRelease) February 02, 2011 - Members of the state's technology industry will gather at the Georgia Capitol Feb. 9th for their 4th annual "High-Tech Day" to voice their concerns to legislators.

    Sponsored by the Technology Association of Georgia and TechAmerica Georgia, this year's event will include a luncheon featuring a panel of chief information officers (CIOs) from the public and private sector discussing the challenges they face in their roles.

    The panel will be moderated by Sen. John Albers, R-Roswell, and include Todd Bell, Verizon; Brian Shield, The Weather Channel; Venkat Krishnan, Department of Human Resources; Tom McMurry, Department of Driver Services; and Sterling Wharton, Centers of Innovation. High-Tech Day will conclude with a reception for legislators and the technology community from 6-8 pm at the Georgia Freight Depot in downtown Atlanta.

    During this year's session, the state's technology community is supporting a bill, sponsored by Sen. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, chairman of the Senate Science and Technology Committee that would create a study commission to develop a strategic plan for science and technology in Georgia.

    "The technology industry continues to be the job growth engine for the future for the state," said Tino Mantella, president, TAG. "In order to be competitive with other states, we need a comprehensive plan, developed by a public-private partnership, that will provide the vision and direction we need to make Georgia one the top 5 technology states in the country."

    Georgia was recently ranked 25th for technology by the Milken Institute - a dramatic decline from the state's once 14th place ranking in 2002. State technology leaders want to move higher in the rankings and believe a more strategic approach is needed to accomplish that goal.

    During the 2010 legislative session, several technology community supported bills passed including:

    Angel Investor Tax Credit
    Public Pension Reform - Fire Fighters Fund
    E-Textbook funding

    For more information on the 2011 High-Tech Day at the Georgia Capitol, contact Richie Johnson at 404-920-2028.

    About the Technology Association of Georgia:

    The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is a leading technology industry association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of the state's technology industry. TAG provides leadership in driving initiatives in the areas of policy, capital, education and giving, and also brings the technology community together through events, initiative programs and networking opportunities. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 28 affinity groups, or societies, including Women in Technology (WIT). Additionally, TAG's charitable arm, the TAG Education Collaborative, is focused on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive. For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org or TAG's community website at www.TAGthink.com.

    About TechAmerica

    TechAmerica is the leading voice for the U.S. technology industry - the driving force behind productivity growth and jobs creation in the United States and the foundation of the global innovation economy. Representing approximately 1,200 member companies of all sizes from the public and commercial sectors of the economy, it is the industry's largest advocacy organization and is dedicated to helping members' top and bottom lines. TechAmerica is also the technology industry's only grassroots-to-global advocacy network, with offices in state capitals around the United States, Washington, D.C., Europe (Brussels) and Asia (Beijing).It was formed by the merger of AeA (formerly the American Electronics Association), the Cyber Security Industry Alliance (CSIA), the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) and the Government Electronics & Information Technology Association (GEIA).Learn more about TechAmerica at www.techamerica.org.

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