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.
While Covid-19 has fundamentally changed us, what remains constant is our foundation as a technology and innovation hub driven by big ideas, talented entrepreneurs and a welcoming business environment. This is especially true in our renewable energy sector. Renewable energy is a powerful solution to restoring economic security at a time when Arizonans need it most.
The findings by Dice, a tech career hub, offer a glimpse into how businesses adjusted to the coronavirus pandemic onset and the rapid changes it brought, such as a mass movement from offices to telecommuting and an increase in e-commerce. As for changes between February and March, Arizona’s 6% bump put it at No. 6 on the state list and Phoenix’s 13% jump put it at No. 8 among U.S. cities.
The Arizona Technology Council announced it has appointed Wes Hummel, vice president, Site Reliability Engineering, PayPal; Anne Dougherty, co-founder and co-owner, ILLUME Advising; and Dr. Mary L. Bailey, president and CEO, Rincon Research, to its board of directors. Hummel, Dougherty and Bailey were elected unanimously to serve three-year terms at the Council’s quarterly board meeting held April 30.
The Arizona Technology Council and other business organizations weigh in on Governor Doug Ducey’s announcement on April 29 that some small retail businesses in the state will be able to partially reopen the first week of May. The changes were announced as Ducey extended his executive order that has kept nonessential businesses in the state closed and residents at home since the end of March.
AZ TechCast, the new podcast of the Arizona Technology Council, is dedicated to covering innovation and technology in Arizona and beyond. In the April 2020 episode of AZ TechCast, an innovative group of experts shared their expertise and insight into what Arizona’s science and technology industry is doing to support the community in addressing the pandemic. These are just a few of the many Arizona institutions and companies that have stepped up and are making a difference in the fight against COVID-19.
Closing the digital divide: Common Sense, a nonprofit committed to improving the lives of children and families, is launching an effort to help close the digital divide and ensure every family has equal access to broadband. #ConnectAllStudents will leverage Common Sense Education’s network of more than 1 million U.S. educators to gather teacher and student experiences of the divide.
To ensure that no student is left without a fighting chance to obtain a proper education, it’s up to businesses and individuals to step up and help those in need during these unprecedented times. This is why the Arizona Technology Council is partnering with AZ StRUT (Arizona Students Recycling Used Technology) to launch a donation drive to obtain laptops and chargers that can be refurbished and distributed to students.
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.