FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019
Indiana Technology & Innovation Association joins
Indiana Competes coalition to push for bias crimes law
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Indiana Technology & Innovation Association (ITIA) today joined the bipartisan Indiana Competes coalition, which includes several local and regional Chambers of Commerce, to advocate for passage of a bias crimes law in Indiana.
Adopting a bias crimes law is part of ITIA’s 2019 policy agenda, which the association recently released. Indiana is currently one of only five states without a bias crimes law.
A majority of ITIA members who participated in a policy agenda survey expressed the need for a bias crimes law that specifically includes sexual orientation and gender identity. Governor Eric Holcomb has also advocated for legislation that includes such language.
“Indiana’s technology industry is quickly growing but there aren’t enough skilled workers to fill the jobs we’re creating. We need to remove barriers to attracting tech talent to our state and passing a bias crimes law with an enumerated list of characteristics is an important step to send the message that Indiana is a welcoming, forward-looking state,” said John McDonald, ITIA Board Member and Policy Committee Co-Chair. “This will help attract technology companies and talent to Indiana and solidify the state’s reputation as a great place to live, work and innovate. ITIA is proud to join Indiana Competes to amplify this message.”
ITIA supports a clear and specific bias crimes law that enhances penalties for criminals who target victims based on characteristics such as race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation and disability.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Molly Gillaspie
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019
INDIANA TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES 2019 POLICY PRIORITIES
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Indiana Technology & Innovation Association (ITIA) today announced its policy agenda for the 2019 legislative session.
ITIA, which is made up of more than 100 technology companies across the state and represents Indiana’s fastest growing industry, launched in November on Organization Day.
ITIA’s policy priorities center around three core pillars critical to the success of Indiana’s technology industry – Talent, Capital and Place.
ITIA supports the following policies to educate and train Indiana students in technical trades, skill up our current Hoosier workforce and attract technically trained workers to Indiana to fill the growing demand for tech jobs:
- Provide funding for computer science training in schools to help every Indiana school meet the goal of providing computer science education by 2021.
- Give schools more flexibility to develop partnerships with employers to advance career and technical education and encourage credential attainment before graduation.
- Provide 50% tax credits for contributions to 501c3 entities that provide and coordinate workforce training and industry credentials.
“One of the biggest challenges facing Indiana’s tech industry is finding qualified candidates to fill technical roles,” said TechPoint CEO Mike Langellier, who serves on the ITIA Board and co-chairs the Policy Committee. “It’s critical that we provide more opportunities for technical education and retraining in Indiana, as well as incent experienced technical workers to relocate to our state.”
ITIA supports the following policies to increase access to capital for tech companies at all stages, make Indiana more competitive for national venture capital investment, and encourage Indiana tech and non-tech companies to modernize and innovate:
- Make the Venture Capital Investment tax credit transferable to increase investment by out-of-state investors without Indiana tax liability.
- Update the Headquarters Relocation Tax Credit to allow targeted incentives to small companies with high growth potential.
- Exempt purchase of data warehouse equipment and electricity use from state sales and use tax.
“Many Indiana technology companies lack the necessary capital to grow and succeed at all stages,” said ClearObject CEO John McDonald, who serves on the ITIA Board and co-chairs the Policy Committee. “We need to do more to incentivize venture capital investment in our state. Making the VCI tax credit transferable, increasing the amount of investment that qualifies and raising the overall cap are important steps to expand access to funding for Indiana’s growing tech industry.”
ITIA supports the following policies to make Indiana a more attractive place to live and work in an effort to draw more technology and innovation-based investment, jobs and talent to our state:
- Support Governor Holcomb’s proposed $100M investment in high-speed broadband internet to unserved areas.
- Approve a bias crimes law.
- Allow Certified Tech Parks to capture up to $500,000 annually in order to continue making investments encouraging innovation at the CTP after the $5M cap has been reached.
- Add more non-stop international flights.
“For Indiana to compete with top tech hubs across the globe, we need to be able to attract top talent,” said 120WaterAudit CEO Megan Glover, who serves on the ITIA Board and Policy Committee. “Our focus is ensuring Indiana remains a thriving and welcoming environment for our industry to grow.”
For ITIA’s full 2019 Policy Agenda and future areas of focus, click here.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jennifer Hallowell
November 20, 2018
TECHNOLOGY LEADERS ACROSS THE STATE LAUNCH THE INDIANA TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION ASSOCIATION
More than 90 companies join newly formed organization to advocate for public policy at the statehouse
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – In the South Atrium of the Indiana State Capitol on the General Assembly’s Organization Day, more than ninety technology company leaders and representatives joined to announce the launch of the Indiana Technology & Innovation Association (ITIA). ITIA seeks to build consensus and have a consistent presence advocating for state public policy priorities critical to the success of Indiana’s technology industry. The organization is comprised of technology and innovation companies ranging from startups to Salesforce.
Indiana is home to Salesforce’s largest office outside of its San Francisco global headquarters. In a statement, Bob Stutz, CEO, Marketing Cloud & Chief Analytics Officer at Salesforce, stated, “Salesforce is a founding member of the Indiana Technology & Innovation Association because we want to be proactive in working with state leaders to ensure Indiana continues to be a thriving environment for our industry to grow. With over 1,800 employees in Indiana and plans to continue growing here, this is an investment in our ability to attract and retain talent.”
Longtime Indiana tech pioneer David Becker, who founded multiple successful tech companies and is the CEO of First Internet Bank which he started in 1999, is the Chairman of the Board of the Indiana Technology & Innovation Association (ITIA). “Forming an association with a laser focus on public policy advocacy is critical as Indiana’s technology sector prepares for significant growth. We are committed to outreach across the state, which is already underway. With a broad-based structure we will be able to educate and give voice to many companies that haven’t been engaged in this way before.”
Becker was joined by more than a dozen Board members, some of whom spoke about their interest in launching the organization.
ClearObject CEO John McDonald, who serves on the ITIA Board and co-chairs the Policy Committee, said, “Working alongside others on issues like the Next Level Fund and SaaS taxation over the last couple years, it became clear to me that our industry needs to have a consistent presence at the Statehouse and have ongoing conversations with executive and legislative branch policymakers as they work to navigate our new and complex issues.”
Megan Glover, CoFounder and CEO of 120WaterAudit, winner of Indy’s first Rise of the Rest and ITIA Board Member, explained, “I’ve been in the Indiana tech scene for 15 years and our company plans to double in staff over the next couple years. I joined the ITIA Board because I want to do everything I can to help state leaders continue to foster an environment for investment and growth in technology companies.”
Creator of the Indiana IoT Lab and Launch Fishers, ITIA Board Member John Wechsler underscored the importance for the organization to include tech leaders all across the state. “Our goal is for ITIA to provide value and a seat at the table for the “backpack and an idea” entrepreneurs and the tech giants. As I’ve traveled the state meeting with tech entrepreneurs over the last few years, there’s a real interest in becoming more engaged in policy discussions that impact their ability to succeed.”
Citing his inspiration for joining the ITIA leadership, DemandJump CoFounder and CEO, and ITIA Board Treasurer, Christopher Day, proclaimed, “Indiana is on the verge of being the epicenter of a great economic productivity boom. We are positioned to be the nation’s nucleus because the economy of the future will be the convergence of technology in all industries. With our infrastructure, talent, mission- critical industries, technology, lifestyle, cost of living and regulatory environment, Indiana can seize the opportunity that is coming.”
TechPoint CEO Mike Langellier articulates ITIA’s unique role in the state’s tech community. “TechPoint focuses on being the source of tech community executive leadership, industry intel, and programs that will accelerate the growth of Indiana’s tech ecosystem. In cases where advancing Indiana’s tech ecosystem requires public policy lobbying, we lean on partners. We had success in recent years with the Next Level Fund and the clarification of sales tax on SaaS, but even more industry and government collaboration will be required to navigate Indiana toward long-term prosperity in our digital economy. We are glad to have another partner in ITIA to help facilitate the required conversations and collaboration with legislators.”
Indiana Technology & Innovation Association Board Members include:
- David Becker, First Internet Bank – Board Chair
- Christopher Day, DemandJump – Board Treasurer
- Pat East, Hanapin Marketing
- Erin Eberly, Katz, Sapper & Miller
- Megan Glover, 120 Water Audit
- Darye Henry, AfterSchool HQ
- Shelley Klingerman, Launch Terre Haute
- Kristin Marcuccilli, STAR Financial Bank
- John McDonald, Clear Object
- Brent Oakley, Vibenomics – Board Secretary
- Ade Olonoh, angel investor
- Bill Soards, AT&T
- Amy Waggoner, Salesforce
- John Wechsler, Launch Fishers – Board Vice Chair
Member and Associate Member companies include:
- 120 Water Audit, Zionsville
- 3oe Scientific , Carmel
- Ade Olonoh, Indianapolis
- AfterSchool HQ, Fishers
- Allos Ventures, Indianapolis
- Ambition in Motion, Bloomington
- Amplify Technology Consulting, Indianapolis
- Apprentice University, Brownsburg
- AT&T Indiana, Indianapolis
- BitLoft, Indianapolis
- BlackInk IT, Indianapolis
- BLASTmedia, Fishers
- Blue Horseshoe, Carmel
- Boardable , Indianapolis
- Bolstra, Carmel
- Brite Systems, Indianapolis
- Clear Software, Zionsville
- ClearObject, Fishers
- Corydon Group, Indianapolis
- Counterpart, Fishers
- Crossroads Education, Indianapolis
- Cylon Technologies, Inc., Fishers
- DemandJump, Indianapolis
- DeveloperTown, Indianapolis
- DeveloperTown Starts, Indianapolis
- dot Staff / Knowledge Services, Indianapolis
- Eleven Fifty Academy, Fishers
- Emarsys, Indianapolis
- Emplify, Fishers
- FairWinds Advisors, LLC, Fishers
- First Internet Bank, Fishers
- FullStack, Indianapolis
- gener8tor, Indianapolis
- Glassboard, Indianapolis
- Greenlight Guru, Indianapolis
- Hanapin Marketing, Bloomington
- Healthcare of Tomorrow, Indiana
- Healthstatus.com, Indianapolis
- HustonTech, Westfield
- Indiana IoT Lab Fishers, Fishers
- InGen Technologies, Inc., Indianapolis
- Insperity, Indianapolis
- Jane Martin, Bloomington
- Katz, Sapper & Miller, Indianapolis
- KSM Consulting, LLC, Indianapolis
- Launch Fishers, Fishers
- Launch Terre Haute, Terre Haute
- LifeOmic, Indianapolis
- Liven, Fishers
- Lumanox LLC, Indianapolis
- M25, Chicago
- M3 Ultimate Solutions , Indianapolis
- MatchBOX Coworking Studio, Lafayette
- Matthew Nunley, Indianapolis
- McGowan Insurance Group, Inc., Indianapolis
- Memory Ventures, Indianapolis
- Mimir , Indianapolis
- MyCOI, Indianapolis
- Ontario Systems, Muncie
- Passageways, Lafayette
- Pierce Aerospace, Carmel
- Pondurance LLC, Indianapolis
- Printing Resources, Inc., Indianapolis
- Recovery Force, Fishers
- RICS Software, Inc., Indianapolis
- Rook Security, Carmel
- Sales Tuners, Fishers
- Salesforce, Indianapolis
- Salesvue, Indianapolis
- Selfless.ly Inc., Indianapolis
- Slane Capital, Bloomington
- SmarterHQ, Indianapolis
- Springbuk, Indianapolis
- STAR Financial Bank, Fort Wayne
- StartedUP Innovation, Noblesville
- SupplyKick, Indianapolis
- Rook Security, Carmel
- The Bee Corp, Bloomington
- The Brookfield Group, Carmel
- The Mill, Bloomington
- The Union 525, Indianapolis
- Thomas P. Miller and Associates, Indianapolis
- Tilson, Greenwood
- Tmap, Indianapolis
- Ultimate Technologies Group, Fishers
- VendorJump, Fishers
- Vertex Intelligence , Zionsville
- Vibenomics, Fishers
- WhatFriendsDo, Indianapolis
- WHIN, Lafayette
- WorkHere, Indianapolis
- Woven, Indianapolis
- Zennove, Crown Point