May 11, 2015, Washington, D.C. – TechAmerica, the public policy arm of CompTIA and the Technology Councils of North American (TECNA) join 28 regional technology councils across the United States in a letter to congressional leaders urging the passage of critical trade promotion legislation. The broad tech coalition stresses the need to pass the “Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015” in order to facilitate access to expanded markets for U.S. technology companies, boost the U.S. economy and increase American jobs.
“Technology companies rely on a global marketplace to sell their products,” said Elizabeth Hyman, Executive Vice President, TechAmerica. “In 2014, exports of manufactured goods from the U.S. totaled $209 billion, and American tech companies need to grow this amount. However, without important trade agreements in place, we are limiting their ability to grow.”
Manufactured tech goods exports from the U.S. totaled $209 billion in 2014, an increase of 2.1 percent year-over-year. Imports of tech goods totaled $366 billion in 2014, an increase of 4.2 percent year-over-year. Tech imports exceeded tech exports by $157 billion in 2014.
“Companies doing business in the tech sector--and especially online--are branching out into new markets for their products, allowing them to expand and create new jobs," said Skip Newberry, Vice Chairman of TECNA and President of the Technology Association of Oregon. "We believe the Trade Promotion Authority will allow innovation-based communities to grow, thrive and enrich local economies throughout the U.S."
The full list of regional tech councils: Arizona Technology Council (AZTC), Austin Technology Council (ATC), California Technology Council, Chesapeake Regional Tech Council (CRTC), Colorado Technology Association, CONNECT, Connecticut Technology Council (CTC), Idaho Tech Council (ITC), Illinois Science & Technology Coalition, Illinois Technology Association (ITA), KCnext - The Technology Council of Greater Kansas City, Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC), Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC), Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA), Nashville Technology Council, New Hampshire High Tech Council (NHHTC), New Jersey Tech Council (NJTC), North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA), OCTANe, OHTech, Orange County Technology Alliance, Tech Collective, Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky (TALK), Technology Association of Oregon (TAO), Utah Technology Council (UTC), Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA), Wisconsin Technology Council.
The full text of the letter sent to congressional Leaders can be found here.
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