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Newsletter 04.10.14
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Sip & Connect Fest
Wednesday, April 30th
McNichols Building
Celebrate spring with a networking event that is pure Colorado! Join 400 of your colleagues for an evening of networking while sampling handcrafted local brews and spirits.
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Day @ The Capitol

Thursday, May 1st (please note the date change)
7:30-10am with optional Capitol Tours from 10-11am
State Capitol Building

With numerous bills directly affecting the tech industry this session, the future of technology is being shaped in the Colorado Capitol — today. Please Join the Colorado Technology Association, industry executives, and our Colorado policy makers to discuss important Legislative issues.  

Speakers include:
  • Senator Newell, Member, Joint Technology Committee
  • Rep. Delgrosso, House Minority Leader
  • Rep. Rankin, Member, Joint Technology Committee
  • Senator Scheffel, CTA Technology Advocate of the Year (Invited)
  • Rep. Williams, CTA Technology Advocate of the Year (Invited)
  • Rep. Pabon, Assistant Majority Leader (Invited)
  • Senator Guzman, Speaker Pro Tempore (Invited)
  • Senator Cadman, Senate Minority Leader (Invited) 
*Please watch your email for final speaker announcements. 
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Industry Impact

CTA is on Capitol Hill fighting for the best interests of the technology industry. We are actively influencing and weighing in on a number of bills that will have an impact on the tech industry. These bills include:

  • (Support) SB 14-125, Transportation Network Companies Regulation – Nissa Szabo testified in support of the bill. SB 125 passed the Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee on a 5-2 non-partisan vote Necessary amendments were added to the bill by the bill sponsors, and then referred. The bill passed through the Senate. The bill is expected to be voted on in the House Transportation Committe on Wednesday, April 9th. 
  • (Oppose) HB 14-1269, Marketplace Fairness & Small Business Protection (“Wal-Mart Bill) - Bill hearing scheduled on February 26th in the House Finance Committee. CTA will testified in strong opposition on this bill because of the damaging effects this would have on small businesses. The bill passed the House Finance Committee, and waiting to be heard on the House Floor.
  • (Support) HB 1327132813291330 and 1331 Telecom Reform – CTA has been involved in the stakeholder meeting process. The Telecom Reform Package is expected to be introduced in the next. CTA is supportive of comprehensive telecom reform, and we will focus our efforts on the IP non-regulation portion of the package. The Telecom package passed its first hurdle in the House, and the package is expected to be heard on the House Floor sometime next week.
  • Immigration­­ ­­– On April 1st the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications for H-1B visas for 2015. The visas are for highly-skilled foreign workers. Because of the limited amount of visas the USCIS expects to receive more than enough applications to fill the cap by April 7. CTA is supportive of comprehensive immigration reform because it is a major piece in solving the talent dilemma facing the technology industry.  
For questions, contact: Nissa Szabo, Industry Affairs Manager, 720.382.5923, 

Colorado Community Profile

Aref Matin, Pearson eCollege CIO

CTA congratulates Aref Matin, CIO at Pearson eCollege, recipient of the top celebrity bid at this year's C-Level @ a Mile High. Aref (right) is pictured here with Molly Rauzi, Board Chair and Erik Mitisek, CEO.

First founded in Denver in 1996 as Real Family, the eCollege joined the Pearson family in 2007, signaling Pearson’s commitment to technology-powered education. Pearson eCollege is now a leading global provider of integrated education technology, content, academic services and support that powers some of the most successful online programs.
"My passion and expertise is to deliver business value through technology and product innovation. I enjoy building high performance, feature rich, high quality and scalable global SaaS products," Matin says.

Behind the Logo

Green House Data logoGreen House Data is an SSAE 16, Type II data center offering premium cloud hosting and colocation services. The facility is powered by 100% renewable wind energy and operates 40% more energy efficiently than traditional data centers. Additional solutions available include managed servers, managed storage, dedicated infrastructure, disaster recovery and offsite backup.
Insights series launch a success

Thank you to EY for sponsoring our April 8th Insights Series breakfast featuring Peter Burris of Forrester Research. The program received positive feedback and we look forward to upcoming programs in partnership with Forrester. Watch for details on the next event coming up in June. 

Pictured (L to R): Darin Kreimeyer, Principal at EY, Peter Burris, Vice President and Research Director, CIO Practice at Forrester Research, Liz Iracki, VP Business Development at CTA, Erik Mitisek, CEO at CTA and Jamie Chadam, Principat at EY
Happy National Volunteer Week!

In honor of National Volunteer Week, CTA would like to recognize and congratulate our two Outstanding Volunteers from C-Level @ A Mile High. Both volunteers are seasoned veterans of C-Level @ A Mile High and were a tremendous help to make the event the huge success it was!

Rolf Kramer of Kranect, headed up our new Bidders Committee this year; an initiative to educate attendees about the bidding process as this is our largest fundraising event of the year. Lorraine Gallick, HR & More, participated on several different committees and promoted the event throughout the community. She was a dedicated volunteer that made her self readily available, whatever the task. Thank you, Rolf and Lorraine!

And happy National Volunteer Week to all of our volunteers - thank you for all of your incredible support! 

Find out about upcoming volunteer opportunities here
Spring Into Tech!

As we settle down after C-Level, the energy and momentum in the Colorado technology is blazing.  Our public policy work is going well and legislators are engaged in dialogue to improve the technology climate in Colorado. There seem to be more technology events and activities every month – as other industries work to focus on progress through technology (ex. Energy and Healthcare). And, our community is thriving with engagement from early stage companies to our middle market growth companies to our enterprise leaders. Tech in Colorado is a great place to be.
Subscribe to our blog for regular updates. 

Upcoming Events

CTA & Beers with Engineers – Colorado Springs 
Wed, April 16th 
Wild Goose Meeting House 

Event Details 
Gov-In-Tech Forum
Tuesday, April 29th 
CTA Office 

Event Details 
Sip & Connect Fest
Wed, April 30th
McNichols Civic Center Building

Event Details 

Sponsorship opportunities available
Day @ The Capitol
Thursday, May 1st
Capitol Building
Event details 

Women in Technology Conference
June 13, 2014
Denver Botanic Gardens, Chatfield location

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Sponsorship opportunities available
Welcome New Membership Director

We are pleased to welcome Jennifer Robinson as the new Membership Director.  Prior to joining CTA Jennifer was a Sales and Marketing Director in the luxury hospitality industry.  In addition, she has extensive commercial real estate experience as a leasing agent representing landlords in downtown Denver and Greenwood Plaza.  If you would like to explore how CTA membership can benefit your company, give Jennifer a call at 720.382.5926. 

Become a Member

Many links included in this newsletter direct to content inside of CTA's membership-accessed portal. To gain access to that information, contact Maggie Reber-Wynn about upgrading your membership. 

CO Quick Facts

The word is spreading - Colorado is fast becoming known as a national and global leader in innovation. 

Denver-Boulder named a "powerhouse region" driving the U.S. Economy,

Mountain states lead small business job growth, Paychex-IHS Small Business Jobs Index

Member News

Mercury Payment Systems Files for IPO
Comcast Business to award more than $600,000 in cash and services through Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs program

View other Colorado tech news on our website and via the CTA mobile app (find it by searching for "Colorado technology" in your app store).   
Submit your news

Welcome Our New Members

6E Technologies
Data Relief, Inc.
Datasource Consulting
Four Winds Interactive

OneNeck IT Solutions
SSB Consulting Group

Renewing Members - Thank You!

Data Relief, Inc.
Arrow Partnership
Catapult PR-IR
CH2M Hill, Inc
Colorado State University
Connect First
Crop Production Services
Integra Telecom
Lewan & Associates
New Horizons Learning Center
OCx Networks

Project Management Institute/PMI Mile Hi

Reed Group
Regis University
SAF Network & Computer Services, LLC
Sanity Solutions, Inc
Signature Select, LLC An IMA Company
Smartwire Corporation 
UK Trade & Investment
Vectra Bank 
Violin Memory, Inc.
Learn more about CTA member companies through our online directory

Employees: Join an interest list to get engaged with CTA's initiatives and programs today. 

Tech Jobs

Find and post technology jobs throughout Colorado on our website
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