AMIT Consolidates with Arizona Technology Council
May 29, 2008 12:41 PM US Eastern Timezone
Combined Organizations Strengthen Arizona Technology Industry
PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Arizona Technology Council today announced that the Aerospace, Manufacturing and Information Technology Cluster (AMIT) of Southern Arizona will consolidate under the Council’s operations, effective June 1, 2008. All former and current members of AMIT will be proactively encouraged to join the newly expanded Arizona Technology Council, which will open a new office in Tucson at The University of Arizona Science and Technology Park and seek to add four Tucson board positions to the existing two. The Tucson Office of the Arizona Technology Council will be under the leadership of Director Justin Williams, current executive director of AMIT.
"As a central voice for over 800 companies and 15,000 professionals in Southern Arizona, AMIT has always played an important role in communicating the needs of high-technology businesses," said Williams. "By becoming one with the Arizona Technology Council, our members will have a greater depth of resources and reach into the government agencies and industry influencers around the nation."
The Arizona Technology Council represents the interests of a wide variety of technology, manufacturing and service firms located statewide. Companies from aerospace, bioscience, defense, electronics, information technology, nanotechnology, optics, semiconductors, telecommunications and many other sectors will benefit from the move.
With a shared vision of positioning Arizona as a top-tier center for technology-based businesses, the Arizona Technology Council and AMIT have each promoted policies and programs that advance the business climate for Arizona’s technology community. By combining forces with AMIT to represent, support and advocate for member companies through initiatives, advocacy, networking and effective communications, the Arizona Technology Council will have even greater success in moving Arizona towards becoming a top-tier technology state.
"We hope this move sends a strong signal to our members, state officials and technology industry stakeholders," said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. "By consolidating resources and working together, Arizona’s technology community is beginning a new chapter in its mission to become a global resource for its members. We are committed to maintaining an understanding of the problems, challenges, issues and interests of the Tucson membership and broader constituency and create local programming that addresses their needs."
With initial support from The University of Arizona Office of Economic Development, the new Tucson Arizona Technology Council office will be located with several emerging technology companies in The Arizona Center for Innovation, a technology business incubator located at The University of Arizona Science and Technology Park. All companies currently in residence at The Arizona Center for Innovation will be provided complimentary membership to the Arizona Technology Council for one year.
The Arizona Technology Council Tucson office will also benefit from Council finance, administration, event and marketing staff support and the use of customer relationship management software from WebLink International. Overall value of Arizona Technology Council membership includes: a rich mix of networking opportunities with free or discounted access to Council events; affiliate programs that allow members to purchase products and services at a discounted rate; promotional and sponsorship opportunities; subscription to TechConnect, Arizona’s only magazine of science and technology and public policy initiatives that promote the technology’s interests to the state legislature and administration.
"This is a significant development for the Southern Arizona technology community and the state," said Bruce Wright, associate vice president for Economic Development at The University of Arizona Office of Economic Development. "We fully support the effort to unite the resources and voices that are shaping Arizona’s future economic climate and encourage the support of all of our partners as well as former and current AMIT members."
About the Arizona Technology Council
The Arizona Technology Council is a private, not-for-profit trade association founded to connect, represent and support the state's expanding technology industry. To promote economic growth and professional development in Arizona's technology sector, the Council provides members networking opportunities, business support and access to educational forums. The Council strives to distinguish Arizona as a leader in the technology community and offer resources that are exclusive to its members. To become a member or to learn more about the Arizona Technology Council, please visit http://www.aztechcouncil.org.