TAI Members and Leaders Convene for the 2023 D.C. Fly-In
DES MOINES, Iowa (May 9, 2023) – On April 26-27, 2023, Technology Association of Iowa leadership and members joined our colleagues from the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA). Together, we jointly met with our respective congressional delegations and key federal officials to discuss our national priorities to further establish Iowa as a leader in technology leadership, talent, and innovation.
“We are seeing real momentum both here in Iowa and in Washington, D.C.,” said Brian Waller, President of TAI. “Our legislative leaders understand the challenges, opportunities, and overall impact of technology. As an organization, TAI is positioned to be a critical resource and leading voice to help guide meaningful legislation as we navigate the ever-evolving technology landscape.”
Our delegation included leadership from homegrown Iowa technology companies, including Carrier Access, ProCircular, SHAZAM, and Workiva. Collectively, we had the opportunity to meet with and discuss critical technology-related issues with several Iowa members of Congress:
– Senator Joni Ernst
– Senator Charles Grassley
– Representative Randy Feenstra
– Representative Ashley Hinson
– Representative Mariannette Miller-Meeks
“To successfully compete in the thriving digital economy, Iowa must continue to support legislative initiatives that help businesses in the state develop, attract, and retain highly skilled workforces,” said Don Whitt, VP of Infrastructure & Reliability, Workiva. “We appreciated the opportunity to speak to our congressional delegation to discuss many important issues, including the importance of STEM education in schools and widening the state’s technology infrastructure to address the growing needs of remote workers.”
The group shared state-level progress and discussed key issues, including data privacy, cybersecurity, talent development and STEM initiatives, technology infrastructure, and supporting innovation and growth.
“Iowa’s Legislators listened carefully and suggested new ways Iowa companies and TAI members can participate in the federal legislative process. We’re preparing to work together on the tough issues of privacy and cybersecurity, regardless of political affiliation,” said Aaron Warner, CEO of ProCircular, a cybersecurity and compliance firm. “The challenges ahead are great, but the solutions lay between public, private, and academic collaboration. We’re making great headway, and Iowa’s role in the conversation is clearer than ever.”
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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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