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TechTalk eNews: March 2024

  • ASU announces first-of-its-kind plastics recycling microfactory to transform waste, create new jobs
  • Arevon Energy Inc. secures funding to build second phase of California generation-storage facility
  • KOREPlex site plan receives key approval, project to deliver a significant investment in Buckeye
  • Raytheon cites successful test of advanced air missile reconfigured for ground launch
  • New CFO Named at Nikola
  • Sky Harbor starts 2024 off strong; airline announces new Phoenix route
  • ASU-led EPIXC initiative to tackle greenhouse gas emissions
  • SRP updates sustainability goals with plans for reduced emissions, more EVs
  • Several Arizona firms, and AZTC members, make Inc.’s regional list of fast-growing companies
  • TSMC set to receive $5 billion for Arizona fabs
  • Sun Corridor Inc., Sonora Global sign historic agreement to boost economic cooperation
  • Involta receives prestigious MSP Award
  • Paradox names new CEO
  • M Culinary switches to employee stock ownership plan
  • The Phoenix Business Journal announces the 2024 Most Admired Leaders, including several AZTC members
  • Intel awarded over eight billion in CHIPS Act grants
  • Innovative startup wins startup incubation support through collaboration between the University of Arizona and legal firm
  • 30th Anniversary for PADT
  • Amazon inks huge lease in West Valley
  • Arizona EV manufacturer Lucid announces investment of one billion

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Check out the Council’s March episode of AZ TechCast TODAY

In this episode, we’ll dive into the intricacies of workforce development, exploring concepts like build operate transfer and EOR, the challenges and opportunities of maintaining affordability while scaling global teams, along with strategies for balancing international hiring with the cultivation of local talent.

Tune in LIVE at 1 pm today on Phoenix Business RadioX’s LinkedIn page or catch the recording next week on AZTC’s podcast page. Listen here >>


Tee up in Tucson for our 14th Annual Tucson Golf Tournament

This scramble-format tournament brings industry leaders and technologists together for a day of networking and friendly competition. This is a great opportunity to play one of Arizona’s best courses, Sewailo Golf Club, at half the price! Each registration includes a sleeve of golf balls, golf towel and goodie bag. The tournament will be followed by lunch, raffle prizes and awards! Adding to the fun is our Dangerfield Team Award for the best-dressed foursome. Come dressed to impress! Register >>


Listen to our latest TechFocus podcast episode featuring Susan Duman from Sun Corridor

In the episode of Tech Focus Member Spotlight, we meet Susan Dumon, Senior Vice President of Strategy for Sun Corridor. Susan is responsible for leading strategic initiatives around competitiveness that align with Sun Corridor Inc.’s mission to drive transformative economic development in the Tucson and Southern Arizona region. Listen here >>



It’s time for our 2nd Quarter VIP Tech Mixer! Join us April 25!

The Arizona Technology Council along with Avnet and Immedia are hosting the Q2 VIP Tech Mixer on Thursday, April 25 at Immedia’s innovative office space in Scottsdale. Please join our board members and other VIP guests and the Arizona Technology Council for this fantastic networking event featuring great food and fun!  Register >>



Get up to speed on all things cybersecurity at our 11th Annual Cybersecurity Summit

The Arizona Technology Council, Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance (ACTRA) and Claro are excited to host the eleventh annual Cybersecurity Summit on Tuesday, May 14, 2024.

The Cybersecurity Summit provides an opportunity for government and business leaders to learn about the threats, vulnerabilities and consequences related to data security and privacy matters. It’s a day of learning and networking you won’t want to miss! Register >>

My View: Robin Reed touched many lives in Arizona and beyond

Read a moving tribute from Steve Zylstra, Council president and CEO, to the memory of Robin Reed. Steve shares his thoughts on the incredible legacy left by this Arizona leader.





Arizona Technology Council joins unprecedented collaborative effort to maximize opportunities under the CHIPS Act.

These efforts have led to important new initiatives to enhance the state’s semiconductor ecosystem including new industry-led apprenticeships and workforce programs, investments in university infrastructure and R&D, first-of-its kinds training accelerators at community colleges, a national industry roadmap and more. 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.

Save the Date: 7th Annual MedTech Conference in Tucson

This year’s conference will be held in Tucson and the theme is “Bridging Patients and Technology for Healthier Futures.” Make plans to attend as the conference will highlight unique and unusual collaborations between the technology industry and the medical field and what lies ahead for the future.

Register >>




Put June 27th on Your Calendars for AZTC’s 2nd Annual E-Mobility and Clean Energy Summit

The e-mobility and clean energy ecosystem in our state is growing exponentially. Arizona is positioned to become a tech leader in this fast-developing sector. We will address the industry’s future at our inaugural summit. Come join the conversation and enjoy this great opportunity to hear from companies and partners that are committed to creating a sustainable energy future and a better future for our state.

Register >>


2024 CEO Leadership Retreat – SAVE THE DATE!

Join the Arizona Technology Council and Arizona Commerce Authority for the 17th annual CEO Leadership Retreat on August 5-6 in the magical red rocks of Sedona, AZ. Whether you’re a CEO, C-suite leader, president, business leader or entrepreneur, this two-day retreat will give you the opportunity to meet other Arizona leaders, learn from their experiences and find the inspiration to prepare your organization for future success.

Learn More and Register >>



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.



  • Where sustainability meets technology
  • Native Renewables receives federal grant to electrify tribal homes with solar
  • Arizona announces new statewide heat officer, plans for relief after record deaths in 2023
  • All-electric school bus delivered to Phoenix Elementary School District, first delivery in Arizona
  • Arizona ranks ninth in nation for solar industry growth in 2023, report finds
  • How Arizona became a hotspot for clean energy investments
  • Independent Solar teams Up with Sunnova Energy in a groundbreaking partnership across Arizona
  • Arizona accelerates EV Future: 21 charging stations by 2025, fueled by federal grants
  • City of Phoenix implements water conservation requirements for major water users
  • Energy Department announces millions for rural clean energy projects
  • Phoenix claims top spot in list of nation’s ‘Best Cities for Solar Energy’
  • Arizona part of battery and green energy climate solution

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P.S. CLICK HERE to learn more about the federal energy and infrastructure-related grants and opportunities in AZ from present through April 30, 2024 as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act.



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