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TechTalk enews: June 2021

Intel Corporation’s biggest water facility hits a milestone; the Greater Phoenix Economic Council is named top economic development organization for 5th straight year; Carvana debuts on Fortune 500 list; WebPT co-founder joins the Flinn Foundation board; Arizona State University outpaces graduation goals as part of national coalition of innovative universities; Digital Air Strike is named top 5 healthiest employer and great place to work; KEO Marketing CEO is named as a top 100 marketing and advertising leader; TGen partners with semiconductor giant on public health; Honeywell Aerospace is awarded a contract to provide cockpit technologies for Lilium’s electric jet; The University of Arizona Center for Innovation partners with Concord General Contracting for startup competition; is named TiE50 Award winner at TiEcon; and more. Read the complete update >>

Governor’s Celebration of Innovation nominations extended to July 30

GCOI 2021 marks the 18th year of this prestigious, black-tie event that attracts more than 850 attendees for a night of networking, dining and entertainment. The event will consist of a strolling dinner and Tech Showcase followed by a theatre-style awards program. Companies featured at the Tech Showcase consist of award finalists, sponsors and Council partners. Early-bird tickets are on sale through Friday, Sept. 3.

Submit your nomination today!



TechConnect Magazine: Summer 2021 issue

Rapid technological advancements have resulted in a shift toward digital health in medicine in the last decade. While medical technologies continue to revolutionize medicine and the delivery of health care, Arizona has turned into a breeding ground of innovative medtech products and services. Check out the Summer 2021 issue of TechConnect Magazine to read about some of the medtech that can trace their roots to cities in Arizona as they help make the world a healthier place.




Op-ed: ACC Chair’s rhetoric about clean-energy rules doesn’t match reality

Arizona Technology Council CEO Steve Zylstra and Ceres State Policy Manager Emily Duff express their disappointment that ACC Chair Lea Márquez Peterson has reversed her position, voting down a bipartisan set of clean-energy rules twice in one month. While a more aggressive timeline to achieve 100% carbon-free electricity would have been better, the interim target to achieve 50% clean energy by 2032 will go a long way to growing a thriving clean-energy industry.




Tech Industry Impact Report shows increase in tech companies, wages and jobs

The Arizona Technology Council released its Q1-2021 Arizona Technology Industry Impact Report, providing key insights into the growth of the state’s technology sector. The new report shows tech jobs increased by 3.6%, industry wages grew by 3.07% and the number of technology companies in Arizona expanded by 4.3%, all in the last year. Additionally, tech job postings for Q1-2021 have nearly hit the high-water mark set in July 2019, a leading indicator of the robust bounce back from the pandemic.



AZTC: We all win with the angel investment program

Helping Arizona to reach this achievement have been investors showing they believe in what startups and others in Arizona have created to improve our lives. The Legislature has the opportunity to do the right thing by recognizing the economic engine this program has been proven to be and voting to extend the angel investor tax credits for another 10 years. This is an investment in the state’s future, but also for taxpayers and entrepreneurs.




The Council’s Political Action Committee advocates for tech companies at the local, state and federal level, thoroughly vets political candidates and endorses those with proven track records in supporting pro-tech legislation. By donating, you’re taking a stand for technology and bolstering Arizona’s economic recovery.  

SURVEY: Help ASU to develop its tech-talent pipeline

Arizona State University’s AZNext program is reviewing three programs to determine which can best be developed into a consistent talent pipeline for Arizona employers. Please review the prospective programs and take the quick survey to assist ASU in developing a program that best addresses the needs of the tech sector. Thank you in advance for sharing your industry insights and for your participation in this survey.




Arizona quickly becoming the nation’s semiconductor hub

As organizations worldwide continue to grapple with a critical shortage of semiconductors and other supply chain disruptions, Arizona is positioning itself as a high-tech manufacturing hotbed. CNBC reports Arizona has become an epicenter for electric vehicle and self-driving tech, and it’s now the site of three big new semiconductor factories as the United States struggles to increase production during the global chip shortage.




8 Metro Phoenix data center developments to watch

Metro Phoenix data center development continues to surge, particularly in Goodyear, which is quickly becoming a technology hot spot. And the growth doesn’t appear to be slowing. Last year, Amazon bought 91 acres to help with its exploding Arizona presence. But Amazon isn’t the only big-name player with enterprises in Metro Phoenix. Here are projects strengthening the region’s reputation as to go-to place for data center development.




Please join the Council for its ninth annual AADM Conference on Thursday, July 15, 2021.

Join the Arizona Technology Council, Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) and the Arizona MEP for the ninth annual conference for Arizona’s Aerospace, Aviation, Defense + Manufacturing community on Thursday, July 15 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM at Venue8600 in Scottsdale. Attendees will gain a full understanding of the latest trends, challenges, and forecasts in the aerospace manufacturing industry, and hear insider knowledge from industry professionals. From amazing exhibitors to keynote speakers and expert panels, this is an event you do not want to miss. Use promo AADM2021 for $10 off registration.


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Renewable Energy News: June 2021 Round-up

Lucid Motors weighs alternatives due to chip shortage; the Keystone XL Pipeline is officially done; Microsoft launches new cloud region in Arizona; Fisker to produce a climate neutral vehicle by 2027; the U.S. Department of Energy announces projects aim to deploy clean-energy technology; GuardTop‘s CoolSeal technology being tested in Phoenix could make cities cooler; Atlis Motors produces EV battery that recharges in 15 minutes; Nikola Corporation to raise up to $300 million in share purchase by private investor group; 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


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