The Arizona Technology Council and the Arizona Commerce Authority have announced winners of the Future Innovators of the Year and Teacher of the Year awards, as well as individual and company award finalists for the 2021 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards (GCOI).
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AZ Business magazine and BestCompaniesAZ present the Most Admired Companies program each year with the goal of recognizing organizations that excel in these six key areas: customer opinion; diversity, equity, and inclusion; innovation; leadership excellence; social responsibility; and workplace culture. One of Arizona’s Most Admired Companies for 2021 is Axon.
PADT, Inc. announces leadership expansion to support the growth of 3D printing and simulation units; Intel Corporation Vice President of IoT Group Christine Boles has been named as a 2021 Influential Woman; Salt River Project teams with Accenture to transform the employee experience; Scottsdale-based Symmetry Software is acquired by California startup Gusto; Yeager Marketing wins three American Marketing Association awards; autonomous driving technology company Waymo partners with Chandler, Arizona-based nonprofit AZCEND; Scottsdale-based Paradox acquires Baltimore startup Traitify; Alluvion Communications is awarded $14.8 million to construct and deploy a new fiber network in rural Arizona; global tech distribution leader Avnet Inc. sees record quarterly revenue as fiscal year 2021 wraps up; and more.
Arizona is fortunate to have an outstanding combination of a pro-technology government, regulations promoting growth and innovation, a low cost of living, a better quality of life and great research universities compared to other traditional tech hubs. These factors make our state a wonderful place to launch a startup, test new technology and grow a business. The influx of innovation is surging, and the nation’s technology industry is paying attention.
The Arizona Technology Council and AZ StRUT (Arizona Students Recycling Used Technology), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports Arizona’s technical education, are asking the community for help through the donation of laptops and chargers that can be refurbished for use by students.
A large reason for Arizona’s growth in the technology sector can be attributed to the East Valley. Tempe, Mesa, Chandler and Gilbert are home to some of the most prominent technology companies in the world, a thriving startup ecosystem and some of the nation’s top post-secondary and high school educational institutions for STEM.