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TechTalk enews: January 2021

Avnet celebrates its 100th anniversary, Northern Arizona University biologist receives grant to build software for cancer drug efficiency, PADT Inc. continues to grow and adapt amid pandemic, Intel Corporation announces a new CEO, Tucson-based Universal Avionics introduces a new flight-deck solution, IBM tops U.S. patent list for 28th consecutive year, University of Arizona tapped to lead NASA space telescope mission, Digital Air Strike welcomes new addition to its leadership team, Flinn Foundation CEO joins Utility Customer Research Consortium as board advisor, Honeywell and Sichuan Airlines Ink historic deal, online auto retailer Carvana launches tuition and education assistance program, and more. Read the complete update >>



As we look ahead to the state’s economic recovery, the clean energy sector has the potential to play a significant role. With that in mind, the Council and The Western Way led a collaboration with business leaders from across Arizona to generate ideas and recommendations for best incorporating clean and renewable into the state’s economic recovery.

VIEW THE REPORT that gives policymakers a roadmap for incorporating energy innovation into the recovery plan.




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:



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!




Artificial intelligence (AI) is impacting virtually every industry and every human being. As the fourth industrial revolution evolves, AI is transforming the way humans and machines work together. During the Council’s December 2020 podcast, AdviNOW Medical CEO James Bates and Intel Corporation Research and Program Director Greg Leeming shared insight on how AI  will change our personal lives, the workplace and the world, as well as how organizations and government agencies must navigate the complex landscape of rapid technology advances and application to stay competitive.

Read the blog or watch the replay >>



Looking for an exciting new career in helping to build the state’s growing tech ecosystem? Well, check out this great position! The Arizona Technology Council is seeking to fill the role of Executive Director for its Southern Arizona Office. This position plays a crucial role in leading the Council’s Southern Arizona Expansion Plan and Operational Excellence implementation.

VISIT HERE to learn more this exciting position and apply today!




The 2021 SciTech Festival kicks off on Saturday, January 30! With over 200 events statewide, this annual festival is more than just an array of events where you can build a rocket, experience biology or gaze at the stars. It’s an opportunity for teachers, professionals and industry leaders to meet and strategize how to build support for STEM and attract young people into the field.

VISIT HERE to learn more and check out the exciting line up of great STEM events for the whole family.




Arizona is on the rise and can be compared side by side with the most 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. Arizona Technology Council CEO Steve Zylstra recently shared the emerging technologies expected to impact Arizona’s technology ecosystem in the coming year and beyond, including electric vehicles, smart cities, telecommunications and 5G, virtual reality, wearables, and more.

VISIT HERE to read the article.



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: January 2021 Round-up

The Arizona Technology Council and The Western Way release new report outlining how clean energy has the potential to play a significant role in the post-pandemic economic recovery, the Arizona Corporation Commission elects new department chair, the University of Arizona’s Center for Innovation awarded DoE contract to support clean-energy innovators, General Motors commits to fighting for electric vehicle market share, Lucid Motors IS on track to begin production of Lucid Air luxury electric sedan, Global Water Resources to provide water to Nikola Motor Company facility, and more.

Check out the complete update >>









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


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