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TechTalk eNews: January 2023

  • SciTech Institute kicks off 2023 Arizona SciTech Festival, the state’s annual celebration of STEM, on January 21 at Barrett-Jackson
  • Eurofins CellTx cellular therapy-focused laboratory opens at UA Tech Park
  • ASU-incubated VR company raises $20M to transform STEM education
  • Terkel guest post: How to make the most out of a technology conference
  • Qwick partners with Super Bowl Host Committee to staff Super Bowl events
  • Transportation, workforce and water among 2023 policy priorities for the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED)
  • Wells Fargo launches $20M “Invest Native” initiative for Native American communities
  • Intel extends performance leadership with world’s fastest mobile processor
  • ASU faculty members selected to lead proposal for microelectronics research and development in the Southwest
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona partners to offer healthcare services to active-duty members and veterans
  • Phil Gallagher of Avnet: The stalwart CEO
  • Quarles to combine with California law firm Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP
  • Final phase of Phoenix Sky Harbor‘s rail train system to open
  • Finland-based Vincit expands by leasing Scottsdale office space
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor becomes first airport in the world to offer rider-only autonomous vehicle service
  • Waymo expands ‘rider only’ service in Phoenix
  • Phoenix Community Alliance announces 2022 Center City Awards winners
  • Speakers from AllataPer Scholas and The PMO Squad appear on the Council’s December 2022 episode of AZTechCast

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Did you know that the global cybersecurity workforce gap is roughly 3.4 million people? This means that the supply of skilled cybersecurity workers can’t keep up with growing demand.

Join the Arizona Technology Council and Phoenix Business RadioX TODAY, January 27 for an engaging AZTechCast segment that you won’t want to miss.

Tune in live from 1-2pm to hear Dara Gibson of WiCyS Phoenix and Optiv, Susan Morris of Advanced Business Learning and Andrew Roberts of cStor discuss how Arizona can more effectively close the workforce gap and connect with skilled talent. Don’t forget to TUNE IN HERE.


February is going to be a busy month – make sure to block off the evening of February 22 for AZTC’s after5 at SMT Labs.

Save the date for Wednesday, February 22 to join the Council for its February after5 Tech Mixer at SMT Labs in Tempe. We can guarantee that you’ll enjoy this fantastic networking event featuring great food, beer, wine, games and more. A big thank you to our host, SMT Labs, which specializes in the identification and characterization of organic and inorganic materials

Register >>


My View: Valley tech community has common ground with AZ’s new governor

In his latest Phoenix Business Journal article, Council President and CEO Steve Zylstra shares the common ground on education and energy that the Council shares with our new governor.




The Arizona technology leaders and organizations to watch in 2023

2023 will bring much more growth and prosperity to Arizona. Here’s a look at the technology companies and leaders that Council President and CEO Steve Zylstra predicts will make a massive impact this year. 




Arizona ranks 12th in the nation in technology industry diversity

The Council recently released its Q3 2022 Arizona Technology Industry Impact Report which highlighted Arizona’s ranking as 12th in the U.S. in tech industry diversity. 




Council’s report shows growing opportunities for Arizona startups

Investors poured more than $1.8 billion into AZ startups in 2021 and venture capital funding was up more than 144%, according to the Council’s Q3 tech industry impact report. 




Arizona Technology Council to launch CEO Network in January

The Arizona Technology Council is launching a CEO network for Phoenix-area leaders of technology companies to collaborate, navigate industry challenges and celebrate achievements. 




Water wisdom: AZ’s water security depends on smart policy and tech innovation

Flip to pages 56-58 of the December 2022 issue of Green Living Magazine to see Steve Zylstra and Doran Miller discuss the need for smart policy and technology innovation to sustain Arizona’s water future. 




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.  

Homegrown hospitality technology company and AZTC Contributing Sponsor, Qwick, recently celebrated its fifth anniversary.

Hear from Qwick Co-Founder and CEO, Jamie Baxter, as he reflects on lessons learned and the road ahead in this feature in Inc. Read more HERE.



  • Nikola launches first hydrogen fuel cell truck mobile fueler
  • Vertical farm in Avondale promotes sustainability, technology and water conservation
  • Nikola moving battery manufacturing from California to its Pinal County plant
  • Atlis Motor Vehicles reaches 2 gigawatt-hours in customer demand for batteries
  • Arizona Gov. Hobbs talks water management in State of State, launches groundwater council
  • Netherlands firm to bring water recycling technology to Phoenix homes
  • Solar company announces manufacturing plant, hundreds of jobs in Phoenix
  • Trucking co. purchases Nikola electric semi-truck to offer sustainable shipping solutions
  • Vietnamese electric vehicle survives Arizona’s heat, but navigating U.S. market will be tougher
  • Nikola takes steps to qualify its hydrogen trucks in California incentive program
  • SRP researches cloud seeding in White Mountains to create snow amid historic drought
  • ElectraMeccanica‘s Mesa plant is up and running: Meet the woman leading the growth team
  • Phoenix commits to 100% zero-emission bus fleet by 2040
  • Agreement announced to supply lithium-ion batteries for Lucid Air luxury EVs
  • Scottsdale becomes first in Arizona to mandate ‘green’ building rules

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P.S. CLICK HERE to learn more about the federal energy and infrastructure-related grants and opportunities in Arizona from present through March 31 as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act.



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