Last week, MHTA president and CEO, Margaret Anderson Kelliher, led a group of MHTA members to Washington, D.C. as part of the CompTIA DC Fly-in. The two-day event featured a technology policy summit and visits with congressional offices on Capitol Hill.
The summit kicked-off with panel discussions that included “Taking a Holistic Approach to Achieve a Skilled America,” “Spectrum: The Fuel for 5G and IoT,” and “BLOCKCHAIN: What Does the Future Hold?” In the evening the group attended the Tech Champions awards dinner, recognizing the contributions of Colorado Senator Cory Gardner and Massachusetts Representative Seth Moulton.
“Senator Gardner has quickly become a leader on tech policy in the Senate with his willingness to work across the aisle to develop bipartisan approaches to addressing the tech divide in rural communities, ensuring government serves its people in this modern age, and advancing innovative solutions to growing American tech talent,” said Elizabeth Hyman, CompTIA’s executive vice president of public advocacy.” His leadership on the CHANCE in Tech Act in the Senate demonstrates his commitment to experiential learning and embracing approaches that can help people build up their skills in technology and fill the jobs that are out there right now for the taking.”
“Representative Moulton was instrumental in the introduction of the CHANCE in Tech Act last year. His work with the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC), with local technology companies and educators have given him first-hand knowledge of how hands-on learning can create a more skilled workforce,” said Hyman. “With more than 23,000 unfilled tech jobs in his home state, Moulton has been working tirelessly to find solutions to close the growing skills gap and boost innovation.”
On day two of the fly-in, the group sat down with the ten offices of Minnesota’s congressional delegation. During this time, MHTA presented their priorities for 2018, including cyber security, enhancing the R&D tax credit, expanding funding for science and technology startups, and ensuring we have a STEM workforce that meets the needs of our science and technology employers, especially through the federal CHANCE in Tech Act.
“This is one of the most rewarding activities we do with our members,” said Margaret Anderson Kelliher, MHTA’s president and CEO. “The opportunities to connect MHTA members with congressional leaders and update them on what’s happening in Minnesota’s science and technology businesses is an important part of what we do at MHTA, and is very valued for the MHTA members that join us on the fly-in.”
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