KCTC President & CEO Named TECNA US Policy Chair
February 11, 2020
KC Tech Council President & CEO Ryan Weber has been named the new chair of the US public policy committee of the Tech Councils of North America (TECNA), where he also serves as vice-chair of the Board of Directors. Joining him as vice-chair is Heather Maxfield, Vice President of Government Affairs and Economic Development at the Technology Association of Georgia.
Policy advocacy is a primary priority for the KC Tech Council, the collective voice for the region’s tech industry. The organization supports legislation at the federal, state and local level that bolsters the industry’s growth and allows it to thrive. When the opportunity presented itself for Ryan to take place at the helm of TECNA's policy committee, he took it.
" Leveraging our local knowledge, and sharing best practices across our TECNA peers, strengthens our knowledge of tech policy matters across the continent, and it's an honor to serve in this role. Public policy advocacy is one of the most important things we can do to support KC's tech industry. As our membership continues to grow, so does our ability to strengthen this support." Weber said.
Currently, TECNA is monitoring data privacy legislation at a state and federal level, in addition to multiple other issues that impact the technology industry across the US and Canada.
"KC Tech Council and TECNA take policy positions with the guidance of a policy committee," Weber said. "Tech policy matters continue to be very active at both levels of government; this committee's access to emerging issues will give our associations a chance to be more proactive as these issues emerge."
Since TECNA has members all over the continent that represent more than 22,000 individual tech companies, relevant legislation going unnoticed by this group will be rare. Grassroots campaigns, such as this letter of support recently circulated by KCTC, constitute a significant example of the strategy for tech councils to get meaningful legislation supported and foster industry growth.