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TechTalk eNews: June 2022

Lucid Motors leases space in Tempe; Arizona Chamber names Arizona Commerce Authority President and CEO Sandra Watson transformational leader of the year; University of Arizona Center for Innovation hosts Canadian startups through international soft landings program; Avnet and SciTech Institute partner to expand Chief Science Officers program in U.S. and internationally; Applied Energetics, Inc. gets grant to develop optical defense systems for Marines; GateWay Community College partners with Greulich’s Automotive to bring new career opportunities; Ideas Collide takes home four awards at 2022 AMA Spectrum Awards; Delta Technology‘s robotic lab proves success with local businesses; U.S. Space Force selects Arizona State University for partnership; Paragon Space Development Corp. part of major contract to develop NASA’s next spacesuit; Digital Air Strike expands CX inventory merchandising technology solutions with Google Vehicle Ads; Uber Freight and Waymo Via partner to accelerate the future of logistics; 96% of Qwick employees say it’s a great place to work; Emerge launches Benchmarking, a business intelligence solution, to provide customers with real-time market data for contracted lanes; ZorroSign recognized as the most innovative blockchain company from Sri Lanka in 2022; learn more about Joyce Mullen, CEO of Insight; construction, hiring on schedule at Taiwan Semiconductor‘s north Phoenix factory; and Honeywell partnership developing electric motor for urban transport jet. Read the complete update >>

Tune in to the Council’s next TechCast episode TODAY, June 23 from 1:00-2:00pm MST on Phoenix Business RadioX.

For years now, Arizona has caught the nation’s attention as the “Silicon Desert”, a major hot spot for technology companies and growing startups. Join the Council today, June 23 from 1-2pm to hear leaders from Startup Unidos, the University of Arizona Center for Innovation and StartupAZ discuss the entrepreneurial support hubs that are helping to elevate technology-minded startup founders.

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Introducing the Arizona IT Leadership Forum, a networking and educational opportunity for statewide IT leaders.

Do you know a mid- to senior-level IT leader who could benefit from professional development and networking with other IT experts? The IT Leadership Forum offers an opportunity for IT leaders to strengthen their skills in a four-session, professionally facilitated setting. This is an exclusive program with limited availability – share it with a possible participant or fill out the interest form today!

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We hope to see you at the Aerospace, Aviation, Defense & Manufacturing Conference on Thursday, July 7 in Scottsdale.

Out of this world! Aerospace, aviation, defense and manufacturing technology is exponentially changing the world we live in. Join the Council on Thursday, July 7 to hear firsthand why Arizona is an emerging leader in the world’s never-ending quest to discover the secrets of the universe. With a great line-up of aerospace, aviation, defense and manufacturing speakers, this is one event you won’t want to miss!



AZTC Q1 2022 Technology Impact Report reveals steady year-over-year growth

A key takeaway from the 2022 Q1 report includes a rise in technology industry investments, with venture capital funding increasing 162% since 2020 and total investments amounting to $2 billion last year.




Note from the president & CEO: Offer a 401(k) plan to attract and retain top talent

In today’s job market, it’s important to offer a benefits package that attracts top technology talent. That’s why AZTC partnered with Empower Retirement and UBS Institutional Consulting Group to offer members exclusive access to our 401(k) Multiple Employer Plan.



Why Arizona manufacturers want to strengthen tax credit program

Senate Bill 1643, sponsored by Senate President Karen Fann, R-Prescott, would codify a program for manufacturers to access a portion of their unused research and development (R&D) tax credits to reinvest in targeted activities in Arizona.



My View: Investing in clean energy creates more Arizona jobs and market stability

As Congress debates how to reduce our overdependence on fossil fuels, Arizona is ready for a clean-energy strategy that helps consumers struggling with spiking gas prices and brings green jobs and big savings for families.



For many in Arizona, back to work does not mean back to the office

Steve Zylstra, Council president and CEO, is one of a sizable number of Arizonans who have yet to go back to the office two years after the start of the pandemic, opting instead to conduct meetings digitally.




Is lithium the answer to a better energy future?

Flip to pages 58-59 of the June/July 2022 issue of Green Living AZ to see why Council President and CEO Steve Zylstra says it’s essential to appreciate the benefits provided by materials such as lithium in making the transition to clean energy.



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.  

Power your creativity with intelligence.

Using ICIQ, Ideas Collide can quickly cut through the marketing data cluttering up your spreadsheets and empower your team by gathering actionable marketing insights. Learn more at:

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Did you know that the U.S. Department of Energy has an SBIR program? Sign up for this June 30 virtual event to learn more!

Learn about the DOE’s SBIR program, eligibility requirements, currently funded research topics, how to apply and additional program opportunities offered to small businesses beyond SBIR. Companies focusing on rural development or operating in the remote sensor, autonomous technology, agricultural technology, biofuel, conservation, aquaculture and food science spaces are encouraged to attend.

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Business leaders: reserve your spot at this year’s CEO Leadership & Golf Retreat taking place in Sedona on August 1-2.

This two-day event gathers business executives, presidents and CEOs for workshops, keynote presentations, golf and networking. Whether you’re an entrepreneur building a team or an executive at a Fortune 500, this leadership conference can help keep your skills sharp and prepare your organization for future success. Register today to get inspired by other great technology minds.


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AZ Innovators: award nominations are NOW OPEN for the 2022 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation.

It’s time to submit nominations for the 2022 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation in the following categories:

Please submit nominations via email to [email protected] by Friday, August 5 to be considered. Thank you for your participation!

KORE Power acquires stake in Gilbert-based EV retrofit startup; Arizona lawmakers have passed 275 bills, only 1 relates to climate change; climate change is not your fault, but that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook; electric vehicles not only drive down fuel costs, they drive up job growth; lithium mining company plans to open research facility in Valley and create hundreds of jobs; Arizona to get millions to build electric car charging stations along interstates; Arizona can save billions by converting to electric vehicles by 2035; investing in clean energy creates more Arizona jobs and market stability; ADOT making plans for electric vehicle charging stations along Arizona freeways; here’s why sustainability innovators are planting roots in Arizona; clean energy and electric vehicles will help Arizonans’ pocketbooks and national security; Arizona universities and energy providers unite for planned regional hydrogen hub; and more Phoenix school districts adding electric buses to their fleets. Read the full report >>




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Register for the Council’s upcoming Phoenix and Tucson tech events and Optics Valley optics + photonics events.


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