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Oct 11, 2012

CompTIA, TechVoice and Orange County Technology Alliance Join Forces to Advocate for Tech-Friendly Policies

Washington, D.C. and Irvine, California – October 11, 2012 – CompTIA and the Orange County Tech Alliance today announced the formation of new strategic partnership focused on increasing grassroots advocacy for small and medium-sized technology (SMB) firms. Under the agreement, the OC Tech Alliance will affiliate with TechVoice,  a partnership of the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA), and participating regional technology associations

“Given the vibrancy of SMB technology firms in Southern California, we are very pleased that the OC Tech Alliance has joined TechVoice,” said Todd Thibodeaux, President and CEO of CompTIA. “This partnership will enhance our goal to educate and mobilize the grassroots technology community and impact policy issues important to growth, innovation and entrepreneurship in the Golden State.”

“Many of our members value advocacy, and want to have a stronger voice in decisions made by policy makers in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento, especially on issues that directly impact their bottom line,” said Peter Craig, Chairman of OC Tech Alliance.  “This partnership will strengthen our industry’s voice and provide additional benefits such as strategic networking events and shared best practices with other Techvoice Chapters.  It's really a win-win for all of our respective members.”

In July¸ U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce and Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director David Kappos briefed southern California innovators on the many ways the USPTO is advancing U.S. innovation. Director Kappos met with technology executives, entrepreneurs and academia at Powerwave Technologies in Santa Ana, California, hosted by Southern California’s TechVoice chapter in conjunction with CompTIA and the Technology Leadership Political Action Committee (TLPAC).
TechVoice is currently launching chapters in several states around the nation to develop local grassroots networks to support the SMB policy agenda.

About CompTIA
CompTIA is the voice of the world’s information technology (IT) industry. Its members are the companies at the forefront of innovation; and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their investments in technology. CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through its educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications, and public policy advocacy. Visit http://www.comptia.org/home.aspx or follow CompTIA at http://www.facebook.com/CompTIA and twitter.com/comptia.

About OC Tech Alliance
OC Technology Alliance is a 501(c)6 nonprofit trade association committed to fast-forwarding the Orange County's innovation economy.  Tracing its roots back 40 years to the original Orange County American Electronics Association, its mission is to work in collaboration with members to foster a business eco system in Orange County that will nurture, develop and grow small to mid-size technology companies, and contribute to a new economic vitality to the local High-Tech community. The alliance serves members through local networking, professional development, state and federal advocacy, savings on business services and industry recognition. To learn more about membership, contact OC Technology Alliance at 949-306-5700 or www.octechalliance.com.

About TechVoice
TechVoice is a newly-formed partnership of the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA), and participating regional technology associations including the Technology Leadership PAC. Collectively, we represent thousands of technology companies across the country employing millions of workers. We are dedicated to empowering and mobilizing the grassroots tech community to impact legislative and regulatory issues important to growth, innovation and job creation.

Bob Brunson, OC Technology Alliance
Tel. 949-306-5700; email: bobbrunson@octechalliance.com

Tim Jemal, for CompTIA & TechVoice
Tel. 949-636-8946; email: tim@jemalpublicaffairs.com