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TechTalk eNews: February 2024

  • Involta celebrates 17 years
  • DAS Technology reveals milestone 10th Annual Automotive Customer Experience Trends Study at NADA 2024
  • EdgeCore’s massive data center campus in Mesa clears checkpoint
  • More flights, more travelers lifted Phoenix Sky Harbor to a record 2023
  • UArizona, NAU formalize agreement toward boosting Arizona’s semiconductor industry
  • M Culinary Concepts chosen as catering partner for major Valley sports events
  • DoD Officials Convene at ASU to Learn About University-Led Microelectronics Hub
  • ACA allocates funds to Northern Arizona University for semiconductor training and research
  • DAS Technology unveils new SaaS CDXP Innovations at NADA 2024
  • Tempe startup BreatheEV to roll out EV charging around Valley after ASU pitch competition award
  • Oracle NetSuite honors NewGen Business Solutions as Breakthrough Solution Provider of the Year
  • MicroAge recognized as part of the Elite 150 on CRN’s 2024 MSP 500 List
  • Intel lands a giant for its fledgling foundry business
  • Nikola makes 35 hydrogen truck deliveries in Q4, company announces during earnings call
  • TSMC Arizona achieves ‘Topping’ milestone on second fab
  • Tempe’s GT Medical Technologies names new CEO to replace outgoing leader
  • KORE Power ready for next step toward construction of battery plant in Buckeye
  • Arizona Science Center partners with Cosm to reimagine planetarium into next-generation 8K+ LED dome
  • Planatome expands manufacturing operations in Arizona
  • Flinn Foundation names leadership of Arizona’s statewide Bioscience Committee
  • WebPT listed on Inc. Magazine’s list of the Southwest Region’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

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Just released! The Winter 2024 issue of TechConnect Magazine

We are excited to share the newest issue of TechConnect magazine. This edition covers all things aerospace, aviation and defense across Arizona. Check out this issue to read about FreeFall Aerospace in Tucson, Serastar Technologies in Mesa, the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University and more.

Special thanks to the Arizona Commerce Authority and Yeager Marketing for supporting the publication of TechConnect.

Read the issue >>

Check out the Council’s February episode of AZ TechCast to hear a timely conversation on AI and marketing.

In the latest episode of AZ TechCast, hosted by Steve Zylstra and Karen Nowicki, guests Stephen Carradini, Renee Yeager and Spencer Lee explore the impact of AI on marketing, highlighting ethical considerations and regulatory challenges.

The episode underscores AI’s improvements in data analysis, content creation and curation speed, emphasizing the importance of integration for productivity, and discussing challenges such as skill development and privacy concerns.

For actionable tips on integrating AI into your marketing efforts, listen to this insightful episode.

Listen here >>

Are you ready FORE it? Our 14th annual Phoenix Golf Tournament is next month – sign up TODAY!

Join the business and technology communities at The Legacy Golf Club in Phoenix for the Arizona Technology Council’s 14th annual Phoenix Golf Tournament! This annual tournament brings industry leaders and technologists together for a day of networking and sportsmanship.

Interested in sponsorship? Align your company with this event to develop qualified leads and strengthen relationships with the Arizona technology community. For sponsorship information please email [email protected]Register >>

Mix with us in Tucson next week for our after5 Tech Mixer hosted by Arizona Lithographers

Learn about the technology that fuels the world of printing from large format vehicle wraps to highly custom embossing by attending Arizona Technology Council’s next after5 tech mixer hosted by AZ Litho! Take a tour of the facility and learn about AZ Litho’s 70-year history and the entire printing process which uses 100% renewable energy.

Register >>


Mark your Calendars and Join Us! March Phoenix after5 Mixer hosted by Immedia and Paychex

The Arizona Technology Council and our hosts, Immedia and Paychex are excited to announce our March after5 Tech Mixer on Wednesday, March 27 at Immedia in Scottsdale. Make plans to join members and non-members of the Arizona Technology Council for this fantastic networking event featuring great food, beer, and wine!

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My View: How passage of Tax Relief Act will boost Arizona R&D spending

Read why Steve Zylstra, Council president and CEO, celebrates the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act, which repeals the harmful R&D amortization provisions that went into effect in 2022. Read more >>




Arizona Technology Council Commends Bipartisan Tax Bill to Reinstate Important R&D Tax Provision for Small Businesses and Innovators in Arizona

“Innovation is one of America’s greatest strengths and a significant contributor to job creation, competitiveness and national security,” Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Council and SciTech Institute.





The Council’s Political Action Committee advocates for tech companies at the local, state and federal level, vets political candidates and endorses those with track records in supporting pro-tech legislation. Support the PAC to take a stand for technology and bolstering Arizona’s economic recovery.

Swing into Golf in Southern Arizona in April!

This scramble format tournament brings industry leaders and technologists together for a day of networking and friendly competition. This is a great opportunity to play one of Arizona’s best courses, Sewailo Golf Club, at half the price! Each registration includes a sleeve of golf balls, golf towel and goodie bag. The tournament will be followed by lunch, raffle prizes and awards! Adding to the fun is our Dangerfield Team Award for the best dressed foursome. Come dressed to impress!

Register >>


Join the Arizona Technology Council in DC in April

AZTC will join the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) in Washington, DC in April for their annual DC Fly-In event. Representatives from AZTC member organizations are welcomed and encouraged to join us for two days of meetings, legislative networking and policy work. AZTC will coordinate meetings with our Arizona Congressional delegation to provide you with meaningful opportunities to discuss policy issues and learn about current legislative initiatives. Interested in attending? Email [email protected] for more information. Details on the TECNA-sponsored events and agenda are linked below.

Learn More and Register >>

2024 CEO Leadership Retreat – SAVE THE DATE

Join the Arizona Technology Council and Arizona Commerce Authority for the 17th annual CEO Leadership Retreat on August 5-6 in the magical red rocks of Sedona, AZ. Whether you’re a CEO, C-suite leader, president, business leader or entrepreneur, this two-day retreat will give you the opportunity to meet other Arizona leaders, learn from their experiences and find the inspiration to prepare your organization for future success.

Register >>

The Council can be your one-stop shop for comprehensive healthcare and retirement benefits.

From our comprehensive health insurance product bundle managed by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and DiMartino & Associates to the flexible and low-maintenance 401(k) Multiple Employer Plan offered by Empower and Legacy Wealth Management, the Council can be your one-stop shop for comprehensive employee benefits. Learn more about the Council’s Association Health Plan HERE and our 401(k) Multiple Employer Plan HERE.



  • Department of Energy awards significant funding for clean energy programs in Yuma
  • Arizona’s EV boom brings big benefits to rural communities
  • Neighborhood Sustainability Grant awards funding for 2024 in Flagstaff issued
  • City of Scottsdale announces Sustainable Scottsdale Awards program
  • Renewable Energy Tax Exchange to launch
  • SOLARCYCLE launches Mesa headquarters, elevating solar recycling and job opportunities in Arizona
  • Arizona utility regulators vote to kill renewable standards
  • VLS Environmental Solutions celebrates opening of Arizona WTE facility
  • 300-MW Arizona solar + storage project meets IRA apprenticeship requirements
  • Arizona tribe first to span canals with solar panels
  • In Arizona, 4.8 million acres of federal land could be available for solar development
  • Arizona leaders take advantage of Inflation Reduction Act tax credits for sustainability projects
  • Arizona secures multi-million investment for ecosystem restoration
  • Over 1 million Arizona customers to see rooftop solar fees increase

Read the full report >>

P.S. CLICK HERE to learn more about the federal energy and infrastructure-related grants and opportunities in AZ from present through April 30, 2024 as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act.



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