Technology Is Key to Our Nation’s Success

2019 TAI Chairman of the Board of Directors Ryan Schaap and I recently joined forces with other tech leaders from around the country in Washington, D.C. We spoke with members of Congress about issues that are critical to the future of Iowa businesses and the overall technology industry.

We were in the nation’s capital as part of CompTIA’s annual DC Fly-In. CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association, represents technology companies of all sizes and is committed to expanding market opportunities, helping companies create jobs, and enhancing the competitiveness of the U.S. technology industry around the world.

While in Washington we visited Senator Grassley’s office to advocate for the inclusion of emerging technologies into any federal funding package for improving the nation’s infrastructure. Innovative emerging technologies can help to increase efficiencies and effectiveness within existing infrastructure and set the foundation for future innovation and advancement.

Both Congress and the White House have prioritized passing an “infrastructure package” that would help to modernize outdated infrastructure in a wide variety of sectors including transportation, telecommunications, rural America, and energy. 

We believe that any infrastructure package should include funding for core emerging technologies that will help to build, secure, and advance our communities.

An infrastructure package should focus on improving and expanding broadband connectivity, using smart technologies to enhance public utilities, promoting cyber solutions to secure the nation’s energy grid, and supporting smart transportation solutions to maximize efficiency and safety of our roads, bridges, railways and airports.

As we deploy smart infrastructure technology across the transportation, water, and energy ecosystems, we should not do so in a silo. Congress should work to create an infrastructure funding package that supports core emerging technologies that will help to build, secure, and advance our communities.

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