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TechTalk enews: February 2021

Arizona Commerce Authority celebrates 10 years of success; Arizona State University announces a new partnership to expand access for advanced skills program; Edmund Optics expands with new 21,225-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in Tucson; Valley tech giants Avnet and ON Semiconductor join forces to accelerate IoT innovation; Northern Arizona University names finalist for its next president; the founders of Axosoft plan $10 million investment in Arizona startups; Sun Corridor Inc. has key role in newly formed Arizona Fintech Council; Digital Air Strike acquires LotVantage to expand inventory digital marketing, engagement + targeting solutions; Life365 and VectorCare align to expand and accelerate digital health solutions for healthcare organizations; The University of Arizona unveils TIMESTEPS Summer Internship Program; and more. Read the complete update >>


Honeywell and Solugenix execs elected to Board

The Council recently announced the appointment of Mike Stewart, VP of advanced technology engineering at Honeywell Aerospace, along with Amit Bhandari, VP of strategic relationships at Solugenix, to its board of directors. Stewart and Bhandari were elected unanimously to serve three-year terms at the Council’s quarterly board meeting held on January 28, 2021. Stewart and Bhandari each have deep experience in a range of technology sectors and possess diverse skill sets that will contribute to the Arizona technology community’s continued growth.




Technology crucial to Covid recovery

Over the past few decades, small businesses have gradually integrated more technology into their operations. In this op-ed recently published in the Arizona Capitol Times, Council President + CEO Steven G. Zylstra discusses how crucial digital infrastructure became over the last year. Thankfully, the new year and new political leadership in Arizona present opportunities to embrace the industry that has kept businesses connected during the pandemic: technology.




SciTech Institute celebrates 10 years of inspiring STEM 

STEM fun for everyone! Join us for the final weekend of the 2021 SciTech Festival for an array of events for attendees of all ages. Attendees can visit the Liberty Wildlife Rescue and meet the Animal Ambassadors up close while learning about their natural and individual histories, or tour the research sailing vessel Argo to participate in Ocean science, and much more. Check out the exciting line up of great STEM events for the whole family!




Powering the Future with Clean + Renewable Energy 

Join the Arizona Technology Council to hear from a featured panel of tech experts from PayPal,  Miller Policy Consulting and the Arizona Technology Council as they discuss the benefits of transitioning from fossil fuels to clean energy, the Arizona Corporation Commission’s role in adopting energy policies, how climate change is affecting us, what’s at stake and how renewable energy can sustain humankind.

Listen to the live podcast on Friday, February 26 at 11:30AM:


Join us for Arizona Photonics Days 

Engage with industry leaders for technical discussions, industry trends and virtual business connections with global attendees. There is no cost to attend the 2021 virtual conference.

Join leaders in optics, photonics and astronomy from Arizona and around the world for an outstanding program with three keynote speakers, daily presentations from industry experts and panelists, and 24 technical sessions.

Register today!



March 2021 Tech Speaker Series: Digital Transformation

Join the Council for its March 2021 Virtual Tech Speaker Series that brings together tech titans, advocates, innovators and industry champions who are shaping Arizona’s tech ecosystem. Digital transformation enables companies, startups and entrepreneurs to innovate faster than ever. But what does it mean for companies that are not willing to keep up with the pace of change? Join the Council to hear from a featured panel of experts as they discuss how the evolution of digital transformation will increasingly replace manual processes, tasks and jobs across many industry sectors.

Use promo code TRANSFORM to attend for free! REGISTER HERE.


Support the Voice of Tech in Arizona

Help elect pro-technology leaders into office by making a contribution today. The Arizona Technology Council’s Political Action Committee supports pro-tech candidates for state and local offices, regardless of political affiliation. The Council thoroughly vets candidates to ensure their priorities promote a thriving tech ecosystem in Arizona and improve the business climate for tech-based companies.

To learn more about the Council’s PAC or to make a contribution, visit here:



Call for Speakers

The Arizona Technology Council is seeking tech titans, outstanding technology officers, business professionals, tech advocates, innovators and industry champions of existing and emerging sectors who are reshaping Arizona’s tech ecosystem for its 2021 Tech Speaker Series and monthly podcast, AZTechCast. 

VISIT HERE to see the range of technology topics we will be covering in 2021 and how to secure your speaking opportunity today!




Take advantage of affordable health care plans that can help your growing company attract and retain top talent!

When multiple small businesses join together as one association, they can take advantage of affordable health plans to support your valued employees along their health journey. Learn how your growing startup or small business can benefit from affordable and quality employee benefit plans designed specifically for employers in the tech industry.

Learn more or request a quote today!


Renewable Energy News: February 2021 Round-up

Arizona Public Service Company (APS) partners with Electrify Commercial to expand fast-charging across the state; Wilmot Energy Center, Tucson Electric Power’s biggest solar energy farm, aims to be churning out clean energy in a few months; the University of Arizona wins funding to support renewable energy innovation; the City of Phoenix voted to approve a measure that made them officially part of the Arizona Thrives Alliance which aims to create clean air and clean energy within the business and the community; a glimpse inside Lucid Motors’ new electric vehicle factory in Casa Grande; what it’s like to drive ElectraMeccanica‘s three-wheeled Solo vehicle; Nikola Motor Company exec to lead global standardization project for hydrogen fueling technologies; FirstSolar, Enphase and SunPower are among the renewable energy stocks that are benefiting from the new White House administration’s green-energy agenda; and more.

Read the full report >>








AGM Container Controls  |  Alliance Bank  |  Arizona Public Service  |  AudioEye Blue Canoe Marketing 
BlueYonder  |  cStor  |  Encora  |  Involta  |  Keap  |  Michael Beach Consulting  |  MSS Business Transformation Advisory
Pacific Office Automation
  |  Pima Community College  |  Rincon Research Corporation  |  Solugenix
Sun Corridor Inc.  |  University of Arizona Tech Parks  |  Wallace Plese + Dreher


Visit to view all of the Council’s upcoming virtual tech networking opportunities, engaging virtual tech events and in-person tech events.



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