The Outstanding Technology Senator of the Year, Outstanding Technology Representative of the Year and the Tech Ten Legislators were announced today by the Arizona Technology Council, in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority. The winning legislators will be awarded at the 2018 Governors Celebration of Innovation Awards (GCOI) presented by Avnet, Inc. on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. 3rd St. West Building, 3rd Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85004 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The outstanding legislators on this list who value and support the agenda of our technology industry are critical to the continued economic success of Arizona, said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. Its a privilege to work side-by-side with them and present this well-deserved honor.
More than 850 of Arizonas finest business leaders will celebrate the states technology innovation and leadership during GCOI, which will include an awards ceremony, networking, food and entertainment. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at aztechcouncil.org.
Arizona is fortunate that these distinguished legislators have taken a personal interest in shaping policies that will keep our state at the leading edge of innovation, and we congratulate them on this well-deserved recognition, said Sandra Watson, president and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority. We are grateful to all of our Arizona lawmakers for their leadership and service to our state.
The winners of the 2018 Governors Celebration of Innovation legislator awards are:
Outstanding Tech Representative of the Year:
Rep. Doug Coleman, District 16
Rep. Coleman has been a long-standing supporter of the technology industry and a champion for the education community. This past legislative session, Rep. Colemans passion for education, accompanied by his persistence and determination, were instrumental in getting an extension of Proposition 301 signed into law. This bill made the six-tenths sales tax that was set to expire in 2021 permanent for K-12 to continue to receive about $600 million. He will be missed as he has chosen not to run for re-election to the legislature this year.
Outstanding Tech Senator of the Year:
Sen. Kate Brophy McGee, District 28
Sen. Brophy McGee is another long-standing champion for the technology community and also for education in Arizona. Sen. Brophy McGee introduced the companion Senate bill to extend Proposition 301 and continue the $600 million in K-12 funding in Arizona permanently. She was also able to help defeat legislation in the Senate that would have been harmful to district schools and K-12 education. Additionally, she has supported many pieces of legislation that have helped advance Arizonas progress in becoming a technology hub.
Tech Ten Legislators:
Sen. Sylvia Allen, District 6
Sen. Allen helped lead the charge in getting fourth year funding for students enrolled in agriscience, automotive technologies, construction, engineering or manufacturing courses that are offered at Joint Technical Education Districts (JTEDs). She understands the importance of career and technical education (CTE) and is committed to ensuring a trained workforce for the technology industry is being cultivated.
Sen. Bob Worsley, District 25
Sen. Worsley has been an innovative and strong leader in all things technology since he was elected. He has also been one of the champions for education in the Senate. He has approached issues in a pragmatic way and looked to utilize the advancements in technology to help make and keep Arizonas business environment competitive. With Sen. Worsley choosing not to run for re-election, his expertise on technology issues will be missed.
Sen. Karen Fann, District 1
Sen. Fann is a strong advocate for the business community, especially the technology sector. She has been instrumental in continuing programs that have shown to benefit Arizonas technological startup community and helped Arizona become a leader in innovation. She is also a strong supporter of improving the states transportation and infrastructure systems.
Sen. Sean Bowie, District 18
Sen. Bowie has shown in his first term that he understands the importance of a strong business environment, as well as a strong education system to support the families of those businesses. He has supported and advocated for economic development programs in the state while also looking for funding to provide community college grants and suicide prevention programs in schools.
Sen. Lupe Contreras, District 19
Sen. Contreras has been a longtime supporter of the Council. His leadership has been instrumental in helping to show the full benefits of some of the Councils initiatives and gain support for issues where the state benefits. He is also a strong advocate for education and tries to find pragmatic solutions to education funding issues.
House of Representative Members:
Rep. Jeff Weninger, District 17
Rep. Weninger is one of the strongest advocates for the technology industry at the legislature. He sponsors legislation to ensure cutting-edge technologies are able to operate in Arizona. He works tirelessly to ensure Arizonas business climate maintains a focus on ways to reduce the amount of regulations and roadblocks entrepreneurs face while starting and operating in Arizona.
Rep. Regina Cobb, District 5
Rep. Cobb is a proven champion of the technology industry and business community. She has led the charge on many economic development issues and worked through the budget process to ensure funding for these successful programs and other significant priorities. As a business owner herself, she understands the importance of incentivizing investment in the future.
Rep. Daniel Hernandez, District 2
Rep. Hernandez has shown in his first term that he understands the importance of having a business-friendly environment to attract, retain and grow technology companies in Arizona. He diligently advocates for the creation of opportunities for his constituents to have a better education, more business prospects and an overall better future.
Rep. Csar Chavz, District 29
Rep. Chavz has shown he is willing to stand up for what is right in his district and all of Arizona by supporting initiatives that benefit Arizona, its businesses and the taxpayers. He was instrumental in getting some of the economic development initiatives across the finish line.
Rep. Reginald Bolding, District 27
Rep. Bolding has been an instrumental leader in helping to advocate for education, smart economic development and protecting Arizonas vulnerable populations. He was helpful in advancing legislation that reduced unnecessary regulatory burdens on businesses while still ensuring protections for consumers.
About the Arizona Technology Council
The Arizona Technology Council is Arizonas premier trade association for science and technology companies. Recognized as having a diverse professional business community, Council members work towards furthering the advancement of technology in Arizona through leadership, education, legislation and social action. The Arizona Technology Council offers numerous events, educational forums and business conferences that bring together leaders, managers, employees and visionaries to make an impact on the technology industry. These interactions contribute to the Councils culture of growing member businesses and transforming technology in Arizona. To become a member or to learn more about the Arizona Technology Council, please visit aztechcouncil.org.
About the Arizona Commerce Authority
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state’s leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: attract, expand, create – attract out-of-state companies to establish operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to expand their business in Arizona and beyond; and help entrepreneurs create new Arizona businesses in targeted industries. For more information, please visit azcommerce.com and follow the ACA on Twitter at @azcommerce.