Key stakeholders on December 5, 2019 launched the Technology Industry Association of California (TechCA), a nonprofit trade association to represent the technology industry in interactions with state and local governments.
“Our mission is simple, we want to be better partners with government by promoting transparency and open and competitive contracting for companies, and to help modernize digital services for all Californians,” said Jennifer Saha, CEO of TechCA. “California has a tech-savvy new governor, and we need a modern organization that can serve as one voice for the many diverse companies that do business here in the State of California.”
California is one of the few states that does not have its own capitol-based technology industry association. The new organization is based on such models as Washington, Texas, Florida and others that have successfully served the state-based technology community.
TechCA will also serve as a bridge to cities and counties throughout the state. Led by Saha, industry representatives have already begun to meet with key government officials to gather feedback and consider areas of focus, committees, workshops and targeted programs to help companies be more successful partners.
With a special emphasis on small businesses that have been traditionally underrepresented, TechCA will offer government relations and legislative advocacy services to help industry speak with one voice. Association dues will be scaled for companies based on revenue and size, allowing for an equal vote and easy access by Small Business / Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise certified companies.
TechCA is formed as a 501(c)(6) nonprofit trade association pending tax-exempt status. The association’s initial steering council will collaborate on governance, committee leadership and a membership program that will open early next year. Additional council members are being sought, those interested can contact us here.