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TechAmerica Sets Agenda for 2015 D.C. Fly-In and Tech Policy Summit

Washington, D.C., February 2, 2015 – More than 140 technology executives and business owners from across the country are expected Feb. 10-11 at the 2015 Tech America D.C. Fly-In organized by TechAmerica, the public sector and public advocacy department of CompTIA, and the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA). Fly-in participants will meet with Members of Congress, participate in the Tech Policy Summit, Capitol Hill Speaker Series and honor our Tech Champions at the annual awards dinner.

 

The two-day event begins on Tuesday afternoon, Feb.10, with the Tech Policy Summit. Panels confirmed for the summit include:

 

Broadband Panel – As high-speed broadband becomes the norm for what Americans need at home and at work, broadband competition is dwindling.  This panel will focus on what can be done on both the federal and state levels to encourage high-speed broadband competition.      

 

Panelists include:

 

Staci Pies, Senior Policy Counsel, Google
Deb Socia, Executive Director, Next Century Cities

 

Cybersecurity Panel – This panel discussion will provide a holistic view of the cybersecurity landscape in 2015 and will focus on helping SMBs understand the reality of cybersecurity threats, what the Federal Government is doing to combat them, and how they impact the day-to-day operations of their companies.

 

Panelists include:

 

Tom Kellerman, Chief Cybersecurity Officer, Trend Micro

 

High Skilled Immigration Reform Panel – American technology companies currently face a deficit of skilled labor with which to produce their products. Locally-grown talent is not robust enough to sustain the growth of industry, and current immigration policy inhibits the ability of these companies to source talent from around the world. This panel will look at what it will take to pass immigration legislation in a Republican-led Congress.

 

Panelists include:

 

Tom Jawetz, Democratic Chief Counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security of the House Committee on the Judiciary
Matt Sandgren, Senior Counsel to Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Senate Judiciary Committee

 

On Tuesday evening, the TechAmerica Champion Awards Dinner will recognize individuals who exemplify leadership in the technology sector; and who have championed policies that advance the country’s IT industry.

 

2015 Award Recipients:

 

U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05)
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (Ore.)
Aaron Woods, director of Strategic Partner Programs at Xerox Corp.

 

The second day begins with the Capitol Hill Speaker Series in the Canon House Office Building. Confirmed speakers for the morning session include:

 

Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
Commissioner Julie Brill, Federal Trade Commission
Commissioner Ajit Pai, Federal Trade Commission
Marsha Blackburn, U.S. Representative (R-TN)
Zoe Lofgren, U.S. Representative (D-CA)

 

The remainder of the event is devoted primarily to visits with Congressional offices. The TechAmerica Champions Awards dinner and Capitol Hill Series are open to members of the news media.

 

For more information on the TechAmerica 2014 D.C. Fly-In, visit http://www.comptia.org/techamericaflyin

 

About TechAmerica

TechAmerica is the public sector and public policy department of CompTIA, advocating before decision-makers at the state, federal and international levels of government. Representing technology companies of all sizes, TechAmerica is committed to expanding market opportunities and driving competitiveness of the U.S. technology industry around the world. With offices on Capitol Hill and in Northern Virginia, Silicon Valley and Europe, as well as regional offices around the U.S., we deliver our members top-tier business intelligence and networking opportunities on a global scale. Learn more about TechAmerica at www.techamerica.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Learn more about CompTIA, the ICT industry trade association, at www.comptia.org.

 

About TECNA
The Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) represents almost 50 IT and technology trade organizations that, in turn, represent more than 16,000 technology-related companies in North America. TECNA serves its members and the industry through its strong peer-to-peer network and its regional initiatives to raise the visibility and viability of the technology industry.