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GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

NC TECH engages with elected and appointed leaders at various levels of government for the purposes of educating our members and those officials about issues affecting the tech sector.  Our advocacy efforts are focused at the state level, and we offer a variety of avenues for dialog with policy makers.

NC TECH has for many years worked with the firm of Brooks Pierce to assist the Association in its on state legislative matters.  Ed Turlington and Chris McClure are registered to represent NC TECH and serve as a valuable resource to our members.

ASSOCIATION ISSUES 

NC TECH offers a vehicle for the collective voice of its members on issues that have particular impact on the tech sector.  We focus on tax, regulatory, and procurement matters as they arise, and on general policy matters that are of special interest to the innovation community (crowd funding, STEM education, workforce, and more).

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS PROGRAMS 

NC TECH is nonpartisan, and has cultivated a trusting relationship with Administrations and legislative leadership over the years despite transition in who leads those branches of government.  Consequently, our input is sought out more often than it is initiated by us.

NC TECH offers a mixture of activities throughout the year designed to put the tech sector’s interests in front of policy makers at various levels.  While not always as obvious as other offerings from NC TECH, the return on investment to our members is often quite high when we are able to influence policy decisions affecting the entire sector. 

Capitol Hill Reception

Annual Winter Event (Washington, DC)

Interact with North Carolina’s Congressional leaders (elected and staff) at this intimate reception on Capitol Hill.  NC TECH members who work in the DC area, or whose travel can coincide with this event, are invited to attend.

Legislative Outlook

May 9, 2018 (Triangle)

Engage with elected officials to get a preview of the state’s most important tech policy issues and what’s coming down the road for North Carolina.  Hear from state legislators about their tech priorities for the upcoming legislative session. 

Tech Day at the Legislature

Tech Day

Each year during the early weeks of the North Carolina General Assembly’s Session, NC TECH hosts a legislative breakfast open to all legislators and NC TECH members.  The balance of the day features some mixture of exhibits, presentations to key committees, and more.

GOVERNMENT VENDOR NETWORK 

GVN

A significant subset of NC TECH’s member companies do business (or would like to) with the State of North Carolina.  NC TECH convenes agency leaders, departmental CIOs, policy makers and others on a quarterly basis (plus special sessions when warranted) so that business partners can engage directly with these decision-makers. Government Vendor Network meetings are quarterly and sometimes include special sessions.  You can find them on the Events Calendar. Click the icon below to see the next event.

FEDERAL CONNECTIONS

While NC TECH focuses most of its advocacy efforts at the state level, we partner with CompTIA to enhance the impact of our voice on federal matters.  This partnership includes access to CQ Engage, an online advocacy portal where issues can be tracked and individuals can share their views directly with elected officials.


OTHER RESOURCES

2016 GA Session- Impact on Technology Companies - Highlights from the North Carolina General Assembly's 2016 “short” session. A number of bills considered by Legislators will impact businesses of all types, including technology companies. 

The North Carolina General Assembly - Provides a searchable online resource for searching bills and tracking legislation. 

 NC E-Procurement - Provides an innovative, cost-saving, and efficient method of purchasing.  NC E-Procurement allows government entities to aggregate their purchases to obtain better prices from suppliers.

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