BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP
TechNet offers its members a wide variety of engagement opportunities. National and state capital fly-ins, roundtable forums, networking receptions, delegation tours, and company visits are just a few examples of the events that foster relationship-building and dialogue among those on the front lines of innovation and public policy.
Core Annual Events
TechNet Day: TechNet Day is the annual Washington, D.C., fly-in for member company CEOs and senior executives. The full-day event is structured to provide access to those policymakers who matter most to our federal public policy priorities and to share our perspective through the voices of America’s preeminent leaders in innovation. In 2016, 27 TechNet CEOs and senior executives had the opportunity to meet with eight White House senior advisors; 30 members of the U.S. Senate, including Senators Schumer, Hatch, Cornyn, Thune, Burr, Wyden, McCain, and Klobuchar; and key members of the House in meetings hosted by Speaker Ryan, Majority Leader McCarthy, and Democratic Leader Pelosi. The day was capped off at the President’s Guest House, Blair House, with a panel discussion among TechNet executives moderated by Ambassador Kristie Kenney and a reception attended by U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, U.S. Chief of Protocol Peter Selfridge, and 25 members of the Washington Diplomatic Corps. TechNet Day 2017 is scheduled for April 27 in Washington, D.C.
State Policy Conference: TechNet’s annual State Policy Conference brings together senior state-oriented government affairs professionals from member companies with key state policymakers from across the country and TechNet’s 50-state policy and advocacy team to explore the leading issues facing the industry on the state level. Panel discussions and networking opportunities allow participants to better understand the state-of-play, build working relationships, and set TechNet’s agenda for the coming year. The 2017 State Policy Conference is scheduled for December 6-8.
TechNet at SXSW: The SXSW Interactive conference brings together leading innovators, policymakers, and others each year in Austin, Texas, to celebrate American ingenuity and technological advancements. TechNet plays an integral role by working with conference organizers to design panel discussions on important public policy topics and convening conference participants in an annual “Innovation Nation” celebration of innovation and public service.
Federal Policy and Politics Planning Meeting: The Federal Policy and Politics Planning Meeting is held each January in Washington, D.C., The nearly full-day session brings together senior federal-oriented government affairs professionals from member companies for a closed-door discussion of the policy and political dynamics relevant to TechNet’s top priorities. This is a chance for collaboration among member companies on shared priorities and agenda-setting for the coming year.
State Lobby Days: TechNet organizes lobby days, open to all members, in key state capitals across the country in order to build relationships and effectively communicate industry priorities to relevant state policymakers. In 2016, State Lobby Days were held in California, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Texas, and Utah. In 2017, TechNet is expanding this program to include Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, and Washington.
Public Policy Committees (PPC)
Federal PPC: The Federal PPC is a monthly gathering of member company government affairs representatives in Washington, D.C., and via teleconference. One half of the meeting is dedicated to internal business and a discussion of TechNet’s most relevant priorities at the time. The remaining half of the meeting features a guest speaker, usually a senior congressional or Administration staff member with an expertise on a leading priority at the time.
State PPC: Similar to the Federal PPC, state government affairs representatives gather regularly in California and Texas to discuss the issues of the day and collaborate with members.
Policy Working Groups and Committees: TechNet works on a broad array of issues at both the state and federal levels. TechNet members are also diverse and not necessarily focused on every issue within the organization’s portfolio. For this reason, policy working groups and committees exist to coalesce around particular topics of interest to spur effective collaboration on shared priorities. Engagement can range from tracking emerging issues through email communication to participation in meetings and calls when needed.
TechNet's political program is operating at full speed. During the 2016 election cycle, TechNet helped raise more than $2 million for technology champions of both political parties. Last year alone, TechNet convened more than 100 political and educational events in Silicon Valley and other tech hubs involving key Administration officials, 16 U.S. Senators, 20 U.S. House members, and top state policymakers from around the country, proving the convening power of our unparalleled network of technology leaders.
TechNet's public advocacy program has dramatically boosted TechNet’s profile across the country and positioned our organization as a true innovation sector leader. We have built trusted relationships with reporters to help define the issues facing our industry, and placed dozens of op-eds and stories to ensure we are winning policy battles on behalf of our members. Our position as a leader in the tech industry is reflected in media mentions such as the recent WIRED magazine article that identified TechNet as “tech’s most powerful advocacy group.” This type of recognition is an indication of our effectiveness and helps us fulfill the promise of being “The Voice of the Innovation Economy.”