Technology Association of Iowa Advocates for Tech Progress at 2024 D.C. Fly-In

DES MOINES, Iowa (May 10, 2024) — Last week, TAI leadership and TAI member companies met with Iowa’s congressional delegations and key federal officials to discuss our national priorities to strengthen Iowa’s position as a leader in innovation and emerging technologies.

“Technology is increasingly integral to all business sectors, and we are honored to represent Iowa and advocate for impactful legislation,” stated Brian Waller, President of TAI. “We appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with our elected officials and are committed to advancing our collective goal of strengthening Iowa’s position as a leader in innovation and emerging technologies.”

TAI’s delegation included leadership from key TAI member companies, including Carrier Access, General Dynamics Information Technology and SHAZAM. Collectively, we had the opportunity to meet with our full Iowa delegation to advocate for critical technology-related challenges and reinforce TAI’s 2024 federal priorities.

This year’s trip featured a range of activities, including productive meetings with Senators Grassley and Ernst in addition to engaging discussions with Representatives Feenstra, Hinson, Miller-Meeks and Nunn. 

“The Technology Association of Iowa is rapidly becoming the essential resource for Iowa legislators concerning AI and many other topics in the technology space. By emphasizing the advantageous uses of AI, TAI is ensuring that Iowa is a leader in technological innovation and effective policymaking,” said Shane Stark, President and CEO of Carrier Access. “This vital collaboration aims to develop a resource for our legislators when needed. Carrier Access is proud to be a part of this initiative, contributing to Iowa’s position at the forefront of national technological advancement.”

Discussions focused on the impact and regulation of artificial intelligence, exploring continued advocacy, education and how TAI member companies serve as a valued resource as we navigate the rapidly evolving AI landscape. Other highlights included discussions focused on cybersecurity, critical infrastructure protection, and data privacy.

While the 2024 DC Fly-In trip has concluded, TAI recognizes that continued efforts are crucial to advancing our policy priorities. TAI members are encouraged to continue advocacy efforts and share resources and expertise as we continue to engage our state and federal representatives.

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About the Technology Association of Iowa (TAI)
Founded in 1997, The Technology Association of Iowa is a statewide, member-based organization focused on building and uniting Iowa’s technology community. TAI advances the tech industry through engaging programming, premier events, talent development, driving public policy, and fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion to lead Iowa forward. 

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Technology Association of Iowa


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