being involved with the Technology Association of Oregon for over a decade as
both a member and sponsor while with Portland State University and Babson
College, I am excited to be your voice in Salem this session. The region’s technology industry is a vital
and important source of economic growth and innovation for Oregon – we must be
active in shaping the policies affecting our members.
Advocacy Committee has identified several key priorities this session and the
Board will determine what actions we will take next week. Priorities include:
Enhanced Access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics) education. We will be working with the Oregon STEM Employers
Coalition on this effort – the lack of available talent is a significant threat
to our industry.
Reauthorization and development of the Oregon Growth Board. This is a follow-up to the work we did in
2012 on the Oregon Investment Act. The Oregon Growth Board is focused on
aligning our economic development strategies and tools while improving access
to early-stage capital in the state
the way, we will be working to educate leaders in Salem about TAO and the
economic impact and needs of our industry. As part of this effort, TAO has
scheduled Tech Industry Day 2013 in Salem on Monday, February 25. There will be
events throughout the day, and an evening reception that will offer the
opportunity to highlight our industry and the benefits TAO offers. To receive complete details regarding the agenda
for the day, as well as legislative updates throughout the session, please
voice is important. I urge you to engage and become part of the process. Please
feel free to drop me a line at email@example.com.