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TechTalk eNews: June 2024

  • University of Arizona online hub aims to spur collaboration between entrepreneurs, inventors
  • SRP employees help bring electricity to Navajo Nation
  • Intel gives investor big stake in Ireland fab with $11B infusion
  • How Phoenix looks to grab its share of new emerging industries with the help of GPEC
  • Microsoft acquires nearly 300 acres for data center growth in El Mirage
  • Waymo expands autonomous ride-hailing service to Talking Stick Resort, Desert Ridge
  • Avnet gains on fortune 500 list
  • Flinn Foundation names new leaders as longtime executive retires
  • Meritage Homes gets go-ahead for another big North Carolina project
  • MARSsuite shares that valley cybersecurity employment trends above national average
  • Sky Harbor experiences 4th month in a row of record breaking travel
  • Apple leaps into AI with an array of upcoming iPhone features and a ChatGPT deal to smarten up Siri
  • ASU makes advancement that involves encasing silicon chips in a protective layer to enhance their functionality and longevity
  • Four presidents named at Maricopa County district college campuses
  • OneAZ Credit Union joins blockchain banking innovation program
  • GPEC, StartupAZ partner to bring opportunities and connections to new businesses in the Valley
  • Raytheon ramps up work on cutting-edge SPY-6 radars with $677M Navy deal
  • KORE Power is developing its strategy to deliver Arizona manufacturing jobs
  • Flinn Foundation report identifies bioscience growth areas for Phoenix metro
  • Arizona Commerce Authority receives approved continuation through 2029
  • GPEC hosted a delegation of biomedical, climate tech leaders
  • Lucid Appointed Nick Twork as Head of Global Communications
  • Nevada biotech company joins UArizona accelerator program
  • Arizona Tech Investors explains due diligence when selecting future deals with Arizona startups
  • SRP is bringing online two new battery storage systems in the Valley that can store enough electricity to dispense to tens of thousands of homes during peak demand times.

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12th Annual Aerospace, Aviation, Defense and Manufacturing Conference

Hear from regional experts as they discuss the aerospace ecosystem and manufacturing innovations and explore cutting-edge intersections with thought leaders on the latest industry trends, challenges and forecasts.

Network in person with over 225 industry leaders, make new contacts, connect with clients and colleagues and hear about the future of Arizona’s growing aerospace and defense, aviation and manufacturing sectors. Register >>

July after5 Tech Mixer: Hosted by Immedia

Get ready to ease into a cool summer! The Arizona Technology Council, in collaboration with our amazing hosts at Immedia, proudly presents the July after5 Tech Mixer on Wednesday, July 17 in the stylish tech ambiance of the Southwest Experience Center (SWXC). This is your chance to connect with the brightest minds in tech, both members and non-members of the Arizona Technology Council, while indulging in mouth-watering food, and refreshing beverages. Don’t miss out on this fantastic networking event—mark your calendars and join us for a night of innovation, inspiration, and fun! Register >>

Q3 VIP Tech Mixer: Hosted by IBM (Tucson)

The Arizona Technology Council and IBM Tucson invite you to the VIP Tech Mixer at the IBM Client Experience Center in Tucson. See how IBM is making a significant regional impact, fueling progress and innovation worldwide. July 25, please join us, our board members and other VIP guests for this fantastic networking event featuring great food and fun! Register >>



How will the growing demand for power impact Valley development?

What do data center, semiconductor and industrial developments all have in common? They require a hefty dose of power. According to CBRE’s latest North American Data Center Trends Report, there is 2,287.6 megawatts (MW) of data center supply currently under construction, with more than 70% already pre-leased. And, as reported by the Arizona Technology Council, in phase one of development, “Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company will need approximately 200 megawatts of power, which is equivalent to powering nearly 30,000 homes in Arizona, according to APS.” With the demand for power only increasing, how will it impact Arizona and its utility providers? Are we ready? To help answer these questions and others, AZRE turns to Carrie Kelly, CEO of Pick It Up! Management & Consulting and Jeanine Jerkovic, economic development director for City of Surprise. Read More >>

My View: E-mobility, clean energy are taking hold fast in Arizona

It’s hard to imagine that with the stroke of a pen — twice — that two sectors of Arizona’s technology ecosystem have quickly moved from infancy to the fast lane.

I’m referring to the results after President Joe Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) on Nov. 15, 2021, then endorsing the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) on Aug. 16, 2022.

In particular, the IIJA gave life to an electric vehicle charging program in the U.S. with funding of up to $5 billion over five years, as well as making various EV charging and refueling competitive grants available at a value of up to $2.5 billion over five years. Read more >>

Phoenix pushing for more high-speed internet access within city limits

The City of Phoenix is looking to add more network infrastructure for fiber-optic high-speed internet across the Valley. A subcommittee is expected to present new ideas on Thursday.

Experts say the digital divide is greatest in the city’s urban areas, where the lowest incomes still lack connectivity.

“Despite the fact that it is urban, it is the place in Maricopa County where the largest number of people still lack connectivity,” said Erin Carr-Jordan, the CEO of Digital Equity Institute in Arizona. Read more >>

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.

2024 CEO Leadership Retreat

Join the Arizona Technology Council and Arizona Commerce Authority for the 17th annual CEO Leadership Retreat on August 5-6 in the enchanting red rocks of Sedona, AZ.This event offers a unique opportunity to step away from the daily grind, assess your achievements over the past year, and set new goals for the remainder of 2024 and beyond. Whether you hold the title of CEO, C-suite executive, president, business leader, or entrepreneur, this two-day retreat promises to connect you with fellow Arizona tech leaders, provide valuable insights from their journeys, and ignite the spark needed to position your organization for continued growth and prosperity. Register >>

Arizona Technology Council’s Spring TechConnect: The IT + Software Issue

Since 2005, TechConnect has covered innovation and technology in Arizona and beyond. It provides news and analysis about the region’s leading companies, emerging companies and their technologies and the latest industry trends and critical issues that are propelling Arizona’s technology ecosystem. From aerospace to biotech to nanotechnology, these are the disciplines setting the tone for Arizona’s future. Read More >>


Arizona Technology Council’s 2024 Vote TechSmart Guide

Every two years, the Arizona Technology Council publishes its voter’s guide, Vote TechSmart, which endorses candidates who support issues critical to the technology industry in each of the state’s 30 legislative districts.

Following the production, each AZTC member company receives a mailed copied of Vote TechSmart before the primary election. The Arizona Technology Council thanks you in advance for voting tech smart! Read More >>

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.


  • Over $8.3M in rebates for clean school buses across Arizona announced
  • Phoenix ranks high for sustainable development in national cities report
  • Arizona advances in renewable energy with federal investments
  • Arizona to invest $8.5 million for water conservation project
  • SRP’s Shade Tree program offers a free workshop to its residential customers, providing participants with 2 free trees after attending.
  • Mesa City Council approves solar deal to shade 660 downtown parking spaces
  • Clean energy creates $78M in annual revenue helping Arizona communities

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CLICK HERE to learn more about benefits and opportunities available through the Inflation Reduction Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.



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