Among the many industries in the diverse and thriving technology ecosystem of Arizona, aerospace and defense is the most tenured, stable and successful. Home to one of the largest hubs for aerospace and defense technology in the world, Arizona proudly hosts major U.S. manufacturers, including Raytheon Technologies, Honeywell Aerospace, Northrop Grumman, Boeing and General Dynamics — all of which have large facilities and even headquarters in the Phoenix and Tucson areas.
The Arizona Technology Council announced the appointment of Karla Morales as vice president of its Southern Arizona Regional Office. In this role, Morales will lead, manage and oversee the Council’s Southern Arizona operations, including recruiting new members, securing sponsorships and supporting events. Morales brings to her position more than 20 years of experience in the region’s education, nonprofit and governmental communities.
Despite a challenging year caused by the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Arizona’s technology sector was able to rebound quickly and even outpace Q4 2019 in several significant growth metrics. The Arizona Technology Council’s latest quarterly Arizona Technology Industry Impact Report provides insight on the progress of the state’s tech sector. The new data shows a 29% increase in STEM job postings in December 2020 vs. December 2019 and a 4.3% growth in Arizona technology companies year-over-year.
The Arizona Technology Council released its latest quarterly Arizona Technology Industry Impact Report, providing valuable information on the progress of the state’s technology sector to its members, as well as business, economic development and government leaders. The new data shows a 29% increase in STEM job postings in December 2020 vs. December 2019 and a 4.3% growth in Arizona technology companies year-over-year.
The Arizona Technology Council, Ceres and The Western Way applaud Arizona Corporation Commission Chair Márquez Peterson’s commitment to move the pending energy rules forward. Every step of the way, she has demonstrated strong leadership while championing this initiative. She has stood by her commitment to this goal while also steering clear of the turbulent political headwinds created by legislation that would undermine Arizona’s clean energy business sector.
Following a joint report from their two entities, Doran Miller, Arizona director of the Western Way and Steve Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council, think 2021 has the potential to be an important year for renewables in the state. The pair hope that the report can offer concrete methods to legislative officials following a rapid support for clean energy in the state, including new energy rules that call for decarbonization by 2050.
Despite the challenges we’ve faced, Arizona is still on the rise and can be compared side by side with the most influential and powerful technology hubs across the nation and even the world. There are many technology sectors that will continue to push Arizona’s explosive growth forward in 2021. What follows Steve Zylstra’s emerging technologies expected to impact Arizona’s technology ecosystem in the coming year and beyond.
The reason for Arizona’s growth in EdTech is not only due to our early entry in this sector. It’s also driven by the need for alternative platforms for learning. All our state’s for-profit, nonprofit and community-driven EdTech organizations are capitalizing on the need to support a broader and more diverse audience by harnessing the reach of the internet and technical innovation.
SciTech Institute announces the 2021 Arizona SciTech Festival season begins Jan. 30 and runs through February, marking 10 years of inspiring interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) statewide. All ages will enjoy fun and engaging events and activities during this annual celebration while building their STEM knowledge. New for 2021, the popular tradition will feature both in-person and virtual events from a variety of locations. Fifty signature events will be hosted by a variety of organizations whose members have worked to redefine the Festival season through experiences in virtual settings.