Thank you to Author, Alida Beck, Business Development Manager at icitizen, for representing the Nashville tech community in DC and contributing this blog post about the DC Fly-in trip.
Most people spend February 14th (Valentine’s Day, in case you missed it!) giving chocolates to their sweetie or writing cute cards to their loved ones… How boring?!
Instead, I got the chance to spend February 14 and 15 with these wonderful fellow IT representatives and colleagues from Tennessee, advocating for innovation and workforce development on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC:
On Tuesday, February 14, CompTIA hosted us and featured a variety of speakers, panelists and presentations regarding IT, discussing different ways we would like to see it grow over the next few years. Leaders of different companies spoke about the need for continued education in their communities and how they had worked with their tech councils to accomplish this.
Staffers from the House and Senate prepared us for our upcoming meetings with their bosses by emphasizing how important it was to give our advocacy messages broader context in terms of “business, community and the people.” Afterwards, we felt more equipped to meet with our representatives to advocate for the needs and success of the growing IT field in Tennessee.
Tuesday evening closed out with CompTIA’s 2017 Tech Champion Awards ceremony. New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, Texas Representative Will Hurd and North Carolinian tech advocate Ron Culler were all honored for their commitment to bettering technology through policy.
If you’re interested in advocacy at the NTC, you may be interested in an upcoming Tennessee Hill Day and Legislator Reception on March 15, in Nashville. To sign up for advocacy updates click here.