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AZTC TechTalk enews: May 2020

FreeFall Aerospace joins forces with ED2 Corporation to form FreeFall 5G; Blue Yonder and Panasonic collaborate to accelerate autonomous supply chain; Avnet, Republic Services and Insight Enterprises make it onto the Fortune 500 list for 2020; Digital Air Strike launches a text messaging service that incorporates artificial intelligence; learn how ASU’s engineering growth attracted Zoom to Arizona; Salt River Project donates $100,000 to support Arizonans in need; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona contributes $25,000 to assist small businesses; Quarles & Brady partner is named chairman of 2021 Phoenix Open golf tournament; YellowBird helps businesses prepare workplaces for a safe return; Qwick aids hospitality and restaurants in recovery from COVID-19, and more. Read the complete update >>.


Arizona Technology Council releases annual report
It’s nearly impossible to look forward to the future without appreciating what’s happened in the past and building on what’s happening today. Despite the uncertainty brought about by COVID-19, we find certainty in the strength of our members, partners and stakeholders. The Council’s purpose and vision remain strong, even in the face of adversity.  In our 2019 Annual Report, we highlight the impact we’ve had across legislation, education, health care and the community. View the report to learn about the committees, events, initiatives, programs and services that support Arizona’s tech community. To us, it’s more than doing what’s expected. We know the future is counting on us. Read the report >>

PayPal, ILLUME Advising and Rincon Research join Council’s Board
The Arizona Technology Council 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. Read more >>

Tech jobs increase as COVID-19 alters business landscape
The findings by Dice, a tech career hub, offer a glimpse into how businesses adjusted to the pandemic onset and the rapid changes it brought. Arizona Technology Council CEO Steve Zylstra said the report is encouraging because it confirms the region’s positive momentum prior to the outbreak. Zylstra added that Arizona’s success and growth is a result of key investments and hiring commitments from technology companies such as Nikola Motor Co., Lucid Motors, Intel Corp., Raytheon Technologies and Benchmark Electronics across a range of market sectors. Read more >>


Virtual Speaker Series: May 28 with Tucson Mayor Regina Romero
It’s no secret that Tucson is where tech companies are seeking operational opportunities. Over the past five years, the Southern Arizona city has witnessed 90% growth in tech jobs, accompanied by a 29% growth in tech wages. Attendees will hear Tucson Mayor Regina Romero share insight into the city’s economy, Tucson’s rapid tech growth, how this Southern Arizona city is rapidly becoming a hotbed for innovation in Arizona, and the collaboration with the University of Arizona, Tech Parks Arizona, Startup Tucson and Pima Community College. Free for members.
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IoT Security: Key Concepts and Practical Use Cases | June 10
Join the Arizona Technology Council’s IoT Committee for this great virtual meeting to hear what lessons can be learned from other industries that use effective embedded hardware security technology and security life-cycle management strategies, as well as best practices to ensure a sustainable return on investment from IoT investments. Register to attend >>

Powering the Future: Renewable + Alternative Energy | June 23
Join the Arizona Technology Council on Tuesday, June 23, as Michelle De Blasi an Environmental, Natural Resources & Energy Attorney at Law, moderates a distinguished panel of sustainability experts who will share their insight and expertise on how renewable energy technologies is driving economic development. Register to attend >>

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Renewable Energy News: May 2020 Round-up
A new survey finds that a majority of Arizonans support requiring Arizona electric utilities to generate 100% clean energy by 2050; learn why electric trucks are the inevitable future; how technology and digital transformation are key to modernization in the energy industry; how renewables are taking over the grid in the middle of a pandemic; ‘cool pavement’ experiments in Los Angeles are helping urban planners find ways to ease rising temperatures; the progress of GM’s million-mile electric vehicle battery; how renewable energy is poised to eclipse coal in United States for the first time, and more.
Read the full report here >>.


Exclusive health care programs for Arizona Technology Council members

The Arizona Technology Council understands that affordable health care is of the utmost importance, now more than ever. That is exactly why the Council’s association health plan with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona offers quality health plans at an affordable price. Designed with tech companies, small businesses and startups in mind, it’s a perfect fit for employers with less than 100 employees. Request a quote to find the right plan for your company and get the health care you deserve. Visit or contact [email protected].


STEM Resource Directory to help students stay engaged with learning

Encouraging interest in science, technology, engineering and math remains vital. To assist families in navigating the web to find quality STEM activities, SciTech Institute created an online Resource Directory, compiling the educational opportunities in a single place, organized clearly by audience and topic. Through the advanced search, visitors can find resources by category, organization, grade level and more. Through this valuable online resource, families can access a wealth of engaging content in an easy-to-navigate format that is fun to search and explore. With this tool, students can continue to build their skills and knowledge so they’ll return to school in the fall without missing a step. Visit the STEM Resource Directory >>


May 2020 Preferred Business Partner: M3 Commercial Moving & Logistics

As a member of the Arizona Technology Council, you have greater access to M3 Commercial Moving & Logistics, an independent commercial moving, storage, and logistics company serving businesses on the move in Arizona and beyond. Whether you’re relocating a small business or corporate office, fulfillment center or data center, or in the case of a unique collection, tradeshow setup or high-value asset you’re worried about, M3 Commercial Moving & Logistics understands what it takes to provide the right solutions. Visit to ensure the perfect move for your business.

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