DENVER – 7/20/11 – CSIA, Colorado’s Technology Association, officially announced today that the name of the industry association is now the Colorado Technology Association.
The organization was begun in 1994 as the Colorado Software Association, then changed to the Colorado Software & Internet Association in 1997 to reflect the addition of Internet-based companies. The acronym of CSIA and tagline of "Colorado’s Technology Association” was introduced in 2005 to reflect the larger scope of industry representation in the state.
"Since 1994, when the original founders created the Colorado Software Association, we have been both an industry association and a membership community,” said Su Hawk, President. "As we progressed through the years, we stayed focused on cultivating a vibrant technology ecosystem, and during that nearly 18-year history, evolved the name or tagline twice to represent the larger community.”
"We designed our tagline several years ago to reflect our continued focus on software/hardware/IT companies, as well as IT operations in the state, so it’s a natural evolution to now make it our association’s name,” continued Hawk. "This is also a common style of association names across technology associations in the world, providing more intuitive searches with our global marketplaces,” she said.
The organization represents both technology companies as well as the leaders in technology departments to ensure a vibrant ecosystem in Colorado. The key priorities are: (1) A roadmap for the industry’s health and growth across Colorado; (2) Public policy, regulatory and legislative issues advocacy to represent the interests of the technology industry; (3) Talent pool development to ensure the future workforce; (4) Economic development initiatives to retain/grow technology companies, IT operations and technology professionals and encourage other technology companies to expand or relocate to the state; (5) Initiatives to increase the reputation of Colorado’s technology; and (6) Workshops, programs and events to help professionals connect, learn and grow.