Austin Technology Council and City of Austin in Partnership for Technology Education Labs

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Leadership and Support from the City of Austin Evidence of its Innovation, Insight, and Commitment to Austin’s Technology Community, Today and in the Future

Today, the City of Austin voted to support the Austin Technology Education Labs (Labs) partnership to strengthen, integrate, and leverage Austin’s technology ecosystem. The Labs will be a series of open seminars, informal executive roundtables, policy meetups, and community development and education initiatives developed in partnership with the City of Austin and executed by members of the Austin Technology Council (ATC) and other senior voices in the tech ecosystem.

“We applaud the City of Austin for recognizing the value of developing deeper insight into the technology community and committing to work with us to make Austin’s tech ecosystem even stronger,” said Joel Trammell, Chairman, ATC, and CEO, CacheIQ. “The City Council’s approval of the resolution for the Labs initiative is a great example of the forward-thinking government we are fortunate to have leading our city.”

The Labs will focus on critical sectors of education (STEM, innovation, and entrepreneurialism) and enhance existing economic and community development programs. Providing an innovative and unique introduction to the components of Austin’s technology ecosystem, the Labs will serve as a sustained and vibrant example of the City of Austin’s commitment to fostering a premier technology ecosystem.

“The technology industry in Austin is the spark that ignites so much energy, growth, and development in our city,” said Council Member and resolution sponsor, Mike Martinez. “ATC’s Labs proposal will help us all focus not only on today’s technology ecosystem, but build the right foundation for a better and more integrated tech industry in the future.”

The Labs will be executed by ATC and its 1,200 C-level members in partnership with local organizations, San Francisco-based Engine Advocacy, and the ATC Community Foundation. The Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization started by ATC members earlier this year to support community activities, especially those focused on STEM education and introducing technology to the next generation.

“We are so fortunate to have such an abundance of technology innovation here in Austin,” said Council Member and Emerging Technology Committee Chair Laura Morrison who co-sponsored the resolution. “City partnership with the Labs Project is exactly the type of effort that will enhance the tech community and the Austin community at large.”

Collectively, the Labs will position the City as the region’s leading tech support platform, integrate the greater Austin and tech communities, educate residents and City employees on the fundamental drivers of the sector, strengthen outreach tools and support, and develop a shared understanding of what makes tech tick in Austin.

"This partnership, and the united voice for tech growth that it represents, quite simply sets our market apart from any other market in the country,” said ATC president Julie Huls. “We are excited to work collaboratively with the City and other organizations to make Central Texas a model for Innovation Economy growth."

About the Austin Technology Council:
In the past few years, ATC has been improving its value proposition and contribution to the tech industry and the Central Texas community. The annual ATC CEO Summit gathers over 100 Austin area technology leaders establishing commitment and shared objective for the region. In April 2012, it received IRS recognition of its 501c3, the ATC Community Foundation, which serves as a non-profit vehicle for ATC membership to invest time and money in the community. The Foundation approval process happened very quickly by traditional standards, perhaps recognition of its important purpose of supporting Central Texas area STEM education efforts. The Foundation, along with ATC and its members, will commit significant resources to making these Technology Education Labs deliver meaningful, measureable impact.

With more than 7,000 members and friends, 1,200 C-level executive members, and 230 member companies, the Austin Technology Council (ATC) has been focused on the growth and success of the Austin tech community since 1994. Members reap the benefits of premier professional development; insight and feedback from peers; the best in industry data to help grow businesses; and opportunities to give back to the Austin community through charitable initiatives. Current ATC board members are leaders at companies or organizations like Austin Technology Incubator, CacheIQ, Gazzang, Homeaway, IBM, PeopleAdmin, Samsung, Spinal Restoration, Spredfast and Vinson & Elkins. More on ATC can be found at: or @ATCouncil on Twitter.

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