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Austin Technology Council Announces Priorities to Strengthen Tech Leadership and Realize Austin as Global Innovation Hub

AUSTIN, TX — (Marketwired) — 07/29/13 — In its role as the leading advocate for the Central Texas technology community, the Austin Technology Council (ATC) today reaffirmed the Council-s immediate and long-term responsibilities for ensuring the advancement of Austin as a global hub for technology innovation. Following a conclusive annual CEO Summit and a comprehensive strategic assessment of the needs and strengths of the regional tech community, ATC has outlined a series of goals to continue fostering the Austin technology industry.

Specifically, ATC is focused on the following three priorities for 2013-2014:

I. Assessing and implementing solutions to create a strong technical talent pipeline
II. Strengthening Austin-s capital position and influence as a leading technology hub
III. Establishing benchmarks for success and conducting regular economic assessments to be shared with stakeholders

To provide additional support to pursuing these priorities, ATC has also:

Added the following board directors:

Dennis Howard, head of global business and platform solutions for VISA

Kevin Callahan, co-founder of and vice president of innovation and strategy for MapMyFitness

Joe Hewell, regional managing director of Wells Fargo

Cindy Walker Peach, Ph.D, biosciences director for the Austin Technology Incubator

Created a strategic alliance with economic research firm, Civic Analytics, to provide assessment and reporting functions that increase awareness about Central Texas opportunities and challenges to support tech growth;

Developed the following Advisory Councils to provide additional industry insight and direction:



Life Science

Stakeholder Development

“Austin-s global reputation has introduced significant opportunity and increased expectations from the rest of the international technology community,” said ATC President Julie Huls. “Along with our CEOs, it is the Austin Tech Council-s responsibility to support the Central Texas tech community by putting the parameters in place to ensure success. In short, the world is watching and, with a $21B annual stake in the regional economy, we are raising the bar on tech-s role with the greater community.”

With more than 7,500 members and friends, 1,200 C-level executive members, and 200 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 through charitable initiatives. Current ATC board members are leaders at companies or organizations like HomeAway (AWAY), Mutual Mobile, TVA Medical, Spinal Restoration, Rackspace (RAX), Apollo Endosurgery, MapMyFitness, Wells Fargo and Vinson & Elkins. More on ATC can be found at: or @ATCouncil on Twitter.

Ashley Breinlinger
BOCA Communications
415.738.7718 x 4

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