Last week, Colorado Technology Association (CTA) President & CEO, Andrea Young and Program Specialist Matt Wendel attended the 2017 CompTIA DC Fly-In with other Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) members. The DC Fly-In is a chance to get briefed on the latest policy trends in tech and to meet with Congress members and relevant government agencies. CTA was also accompanied by Ed Rios, CEO of the National Cybersecurity Center, and Wendy Brors, assistant director at the Colorado Workforce Development Council. CTA met with the National Science Foundation to discuss cybersecurity and computer science for all, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration about cybersecurity and digital literacy issues, and the Department of Homeland Security for a conversation around the latest on cybersecurity in Washington DC and Colorado.
We participated in the CompTIA Tech Policy Conference which focused on cybersecurity and the Internet of Things. We heard from experts in those fields on the latest trends in policy on the national level and as well as what we might be seeing from the new administration. The conference concluded on Tuesday with CompTIA’s annual Tech Champion Awards Dinner and this year’s recipients were U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey and U.S. Congressman Will Hurd of Texas for their continued work on tech issues in Congress.
Our last day in Washington DC was spent on Capitol Hill meeting with members of Colorado’s Congressional Delegation. We discussed issues including cybersecurity, smart cities, autonomous vehicles and workforce development including the Championing Apprenticeships for New Careers and Employees in Technology (CHANCE in TECH) Act, which aims to develop an education and workforce bill specifically for tech, based on the apprenticeship model developed under the American Apprenticeship Initiative. The bill would scale up intermediary organizations called “work based learning accelerators” (WBLA), and would focus on adults.
We started our hill visits with the office of Congresswoman Diane DeGette, followed by a meeting with Congressman Jared Polis’s staff. Following those conversations, we met with U.S. Senator Michael Bennet to discuss the latest on cybersecurity and workforce development. We finished our time at the U.S. Capitol by meeting with U.S. Senator Cory Gardner and discussed important tech policy issues including the One More Job/One More Innovation Initiative that seeks to provide feedback from Colorado’s tech community.
The 2017 DC Fly-In was a great opportunity for Colorado Technology Association to connect with members of our congressional delegation and federal agencies working on issues impacting our members. We are thankful to CompTIA for hosting the conference and look forward to the 2018 Fly-In.