Steven G. Zylstra Spring 2017 Message

by Steven G. Zylstra

With all the public conversations lately about keeping manufacturers in the United States, it’s time for a reality check: A lot of the jobs we typically equate with this sector will never come back. If you think this has anything to do with bad trade deals, think again. The reason is, 20 years of lean… [More]

Stronger Foundation

by Don Rodriguez

Once a solid foundation has been created, it’s the perfect time for growth. This rule of thumb is especially true for the Arizona Technology Council Foundation, which most notably has served as home base for the Arizona Science & Engineering Fair, the High School and Middle School Science Bowls, and the Arizona SciTech Festival. The… [More]

Festival Was Just the Start

by Don Rodriguez

When the Arizona SciTech Festival debuted in 2012, it was declared a success as more than 222,000 guests attended more than 200 events. Fast forward to the February launch of this celebration of science’s sixth season: More than 800 organizations planned to stage nearly 1,500 events for an audience total exceeding 400,000. “It’s just a… [More]

For Arizona’s Future

by Don Rodriguez

Two measures backed by the Arizona Technology Council hold the promise of investing in a better tomorrow for the research community while promoting economic development. At press time, the Arizona Senate had voted to support a measure that, if passed, ultimately would protect the dark sky corridor that takes hold after the sun sets. Headed… [More]

Council Launches Initiative to Create Mega PAC

by Don Rodriguez

Anyone who follows the shaping of public policy in Arizona no doubt notices the voice of the Arizona Technology Council continuously grows stronger. An example is its annual Public Policy Guide, which lays out its agenda to state and federal lawmakers in addition to Council members. To support this massive agenda, the Council is taking… [More]

Congressional Connection for the Tech Industry

by Don Rodriguez

With a new administration and Congress coming into power, members of the technology community headed to Capitol Hill to get a sense of what lies ahead for their industry. Arizona’s was among some 20 state technology councils that joined the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) and more than 140 technology executives and business owners… [More]

Board Gains Talents of Five

by Don Rodriguez

The Arizona Technology Council has named five new members to its board of directors. They are: Chris Koziol, president of Aspect, which helps enterprises break down the walls between people, processes, systems and data sources. He has more than 30 years of progressive experience in managing and directing high-growth, mature and startup technology companies. Koziol… [More]

Steven G. Zylstra Fall 2016 Message

by Steven G. Zylstra

In my time, I’ve seen a variety technologies evolve from infancy to leaving lasting impacts that have profoundly changed our lives. Color televisions, transistor radios, DVRs, cell phones, computers, software — all moved at some point from “gee whiz” to “how did I even live without it?” And all have played roles in shaping what… [More]

Head of the Class

by Don Rodriguez

Capturing the attention of the White House and Gov. Doug Ducey. That’s not bad for the inaugural year of a special program whose participants aren’t even old enough to vote. These are just a few highlights of the very much non-partisan Chief Science Officers (CSO) program that, in its first year, counted more than 130… [More]

Eye On Success

by Don Rodriguez

In a move to boost ongoing efforts to grow the science and technology sectors of Arizona’s economy and increase the number of high-paying jobs in the state, the Arizona Technology Council has signed an agreement to launch collaborative efforts with the Arizona Optics Industry Association (AOIA). The Council has agreed to form an Arizona Optics… [More]