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Colorado Technology Association ENewsletter


» Day at the Capitol Recap
» Voice of Members Survey Results
» Advanced Industries Export Accelerator Grants Dec 4
» Crowdfunding Forum Dec 6
» Important Dates



Day at the Capitol

CTA’s Day at the Capitol brought together government and industry leaders to discuss hot legislative issues and hot business needs to seek alignment to create a more business friendly environment.

More than 150 government and technology leaders attended the event covering subjects such as, Economic Contributions of Data Centers, Mid-Market Growth and Career Pathways for Tech - Producing Colorado's Talent Pipeline. The Day @ the Capitol has been added as an ongoing program to the CTA’s calendar.

Technology advocacy and public policy initiatives have never been more important to the industry in Colorado. CTA serves as a lighthouse to advocate for business issues and legislation that will move Colorado forward to be more competitive and innovative globally. At CTA we continue to focus our efforts to serve as a resource for industry, elected officials and technology leaders to help determine the right laws and policies that will best represent the tech community in Colorado.

Legislative session opens Jan 8th, 2014

To stay up to date on policy issues follow us on Twitter @ColoTechVoice

To learn more about our advocacy program please visit HERE or contact Nissa Szabo, 720.382.5923.

Voice of Members - TECNA Survey

The Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) in partnership with CTA produced a national survey that revealed talent shortage may impede new hiring by technology companies. 63 percent of the 1,700-plus C-level executives surveyed say they intend to hire new staff over the next 12 months. 74 percent of small-sized companies and 72 percent of medium-sized companies are optimistic on hiring. At the same time, 69 percent of executives perceive a shortage in the quantity and quality of tech talent available to them. One-quarter say the shortage is "significant.”

Other key findings show that the majority of tech executives believe Government should act on access to capital and STEM education issues, executives have a lukewarm assessment of federal government representation, business sentiment is on the upswing, many North American businesses plan to increase investments, and tech executives believe the economy is the biggest threat to business.

Data for this study was collected via a September 2013 online survey of 1,763 senior (C-level) IT, technology and business executives belonging to one of the regional technology associations affiliated with TECNA. The complete survey is available at


Advanced Industries Export Accelerator Grants

To help launch the Advanced Industries Export Accelerator programs,the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) will host five of its global consultants December 2-5, 2013. OEDIT's consultants in Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Japan and France will visit Colorado to learn about Colorado's economy, its assets and exporting industries

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM: Global Opportunities for Colorado Information Technology Companies, co-hosted by the Colorado Technology Association.
Location: Wells Fargo Bank Building, 1700 Broadway, Hirschner Room,Denver, Colorado 80202

For more information please visit HERE.

Crowdfunding Forum

Office of U.S. Senator Michael Bennet - Colorado SBDC Network – Colorado State University - Colorado Technology Association -
Rockies Venture Club - Startup Colorado

Invite you to learn more about crowdfunding and to share your thoughts on the draft Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations at an upcoming Crowdfunding Forum.

Friday, December 6, 2013, 8:30AM – Noon: Colorado State University Denver Center Event Atrium, 475 17th Street, Suite 200; Denver, CO 80202
Statewide livestream will be available for those outside of the Denver area, there will be satellite viewing events in Durango, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction.

There is no charge to attend the event. Please RSVP by Wednesday, December 2, 2013.

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