PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Arizona Technology Council today announced the winners of Outstanding Technology Senator of the Year, Outstanding Technology Representative of the Year and the Technology Ten legislators, to be awarded at the 2016 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) Awards presented by Avnet.
These awards, along with business and individual awards, will be presented Thursday, November 10, 2016, at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 North Third Street, in the West Building, third floor from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. GCOI attracts more than 1000 attendees each year and consists of a theatre-style awards program followed by specialty desserts and live music and more networking after the awards. The event will also feature a Technology Showcase of over 50 Arizona companies exhibiting their innovations. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at aztechcouncil.org.
“Ensuring Arizona continues to grow its technology business-friendly environment remains one of the Council’s top priorities,” said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. “We applaud each of these outstanding legislators for making strides that moved the legislative agenda forward and supporting issues critical to the technology industry and our members.”
Outstanding Tech Senator and Representative of the Year
Senator Kimberly Yee, District 20 is a staunch supporter of several Council issues, including the Angel Investment Tax Credit program. She has sponsored several bills addressing the shortage of teachers in STEM areas, as well as providing a pathway for teacher certification for CTE programs. She also helped the Council save Arizona’s “Dark Skies” last session. As the incoming majority leader in the state Senate, her knowledge of the technology industry and STEM education will be a great resource for her caucus.
David W. Stevens, District 14 has been a hero for the technology community during his tenure at the Arizona Legislature. On more than one occasion, he was instrumental in shepherding Arizona Technology Council legislation through the legislative process.
Tech Ten Legislators
The winners of the 2016 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Tech Ten Legislator awards are:
Steve Pierce, District 1 has been a prominent voice for rural Arizona and the technology community. He has a consistent track record of supporting the Arizona Technology Council agenda.
Don Shooter, District 13 is currently the Appropriations Committee chairman in the Senate and is now running for an open seat in the House. He works very hard and effectively — often behind the scenes — and has a record of voting for Council issues that is virtually unparalleled. He is a staunch supporter of the Angel Investment Tax Credit.
Jeff Dial, District 18 has been one of the key champions of the Council and its agenda. He has one of the strongest voting records on technology issues and has fought for the programs in the budget, as well as for increased K-12 education and university funding to ensure a skilled workforce for Arizona businesses.
Bob Worsley, District 25 is a strong supporter of the technology industry, with an impressive background in innovation and entrepreneurship. He understands the value of technology in a modern economy and advocates for advancement in all sectors.
Robert Meza, District 30 is one of the staunchest and most effective supporters of Council issues. As a business-friendly Democrat, he works hard to help create an environment where entrepreneurs can start and grow a successful business.
Karen Fann, District 1 is currently a member of the House of Representatives and is running for an open seat in the Senate. She has been a consistent champion of the Arizona Technology Council and was the prime sponsor of the Governor’s ACA 2.0 bill.
T.J. Shope, District 8 has been one of the most consistent and dependable supporters of Council issues. A staunch supporter of the Angel Investment Tax Credit, his record of supporting technology issues is near perfect.
Jeff Weninger, District 17 is finishing his first term in the Legislature and has proven to be a champion for economic development. As a small business owner himself, he understands the roadblocks businesses can face and has worked to reduce them, evident through his sponsorship of the Crowdfunding Bill and others like it. He plans to continue to focus his attention on economic development issues and has been one of the Council’s strongest supporters.
Kate Brophy-McGee, District 28 is currently in the House and running for an open seat in the Senate. She is one of the most solid supporters of technology issues, especially the Angel Investment Tax Credit program. She is a hard worker dedicated to serving her community and often part of an influential team of legislators who support the technology industry and education initiatives.
Eric Meyer, District 28 is the minority leader in the House and running for the Senate. He has been instrumental in having key economic development programs, such as the Angel Investment Tax Credit and Refundable R&D Tax Credit programs, included in the Democrat policy agenda. He has helped his caucus understand the importance of incentivizing investment and has a solid record of supporting the technology industry.
About the Arizona Technology Council
The Arizona Technology Council is Arizona’s premier trade association for science and technology companies. Recognized as having a diverse professional business community, Council members work toward furthering the advancement of technology in Arizona through leadership, education, legislation and social action. The Arizona Technology Council offers numerous events, educational forums and business conferences that bring together leaders, managers, employees and visionaries to make an impact on the technology industry. These interactions contribute to the Council’s culture of growing member businesses and transforming technology in Arizona. To become a member or to learn more about the Arizona Technology Council, please visit www.aztechcouncil.org.
About Avnet, Inc.
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