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: On April 27, 22 TechNet CEOs and senior executives attended a full day of high-level meetings with the most influential leaders in Washington, including Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross; the White House Office of American Innovation; over 30 U.S. Senators; and over 35 House members, including the leadership of both parties. The day began with live interviews on CNBC as two TechNet executives laid out the agenda we brought to the White House and Capitol Hill. Each of the White House and Capitol Hill meetings included robust discussions on our top priorities. This year, TechNet Day was capped off with a reception commemorating our 20th anniversary.
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 Wednesday, December 6-Friday, December 8 in San Fransisco.
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, working with conference organizers to design panel discussions on important public policy topics and convening conference participants in an annual “Innovation Nation” reception. TechNet events at SXSW Interactive took place March 10-12, 2017.
Federal Policy and Politics Planning Meeting: The Federal Policy and Politics Planning Meeting is held annually 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. The Federal Policy and Politics Meeting took place on January 12, 2017.
State Lobby Days: TechNet organizes multi-company lobby days in key state capitols 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 California, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, and potentially other states as appropriate.
Public Policy Committees (PPC)
Federal PPC: The Federal PPC is a monthly gathering of member company government affairs representatives in Washington, D.C. and by teleconference. One half of the meeting is dedicated to internal business, discussing TechNet’s most relevant priorities at the time. The remaining half of the meeting features a guest speaker, usually a senior congressional or Administration staffer with some relevance to 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.
Policy Working Groups: 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 all issues within the organization’s portfolio. For this reason, policy working groups exist to coalesce around particular topics of interest to spur effective collaboration on shared priorities as needed. Engagement can range from passively following email communication about emerging issues 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.”