FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Indiana Technology & Innovation Association Urges Legislature to Pass Comprehensive, Inclusive Bias Crimes Law
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Members of the Indiana Technology & Innovation Association (ITIA) gathered at the Statehouse today to urge the Legislature to pass a clear, comprehensive and inclusive bias crimes law.
ITIA, which launched in November, represents more than 100 technology companies across the state and Indiana’s fastest growing sector.
The Indiana General Assembly is considering bias crimes legislation this year, but the Indiana Senate recently stripped the bill of its enumerated list of characteristics, including race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, and age.
ITIA today urged the House of Representatives to add the list back in and pass a true, enforceable bias crimes law this year. Governor Eric Holcomb has also advocated for this change.
“Passing a fully inclusive bias crimes statute demonstrates to our employees, our prospective employees and our community that Indiana is a safe and welcoming place for them to live and work,” said CEO of Salesforce Marketing Cloud and Chief Analytics Officer Bob Stutz who was represented today by ITIA Board Member and Salesforce Director of Midwest State and Local Government Affairs Amy Waggoner.
Indiana is one of only 5 states without a bias crimes law, and 44 of the 45 states with a bias crimes law include a list of enumerated characteristics to ensure the law is enforceable.
“Technology is Indiana’s fastest growing sector, but we’re in a death match for talent. There aren’t enough skilled workers to fill the jobs we’re creating,” said John McDonald, CEO and Co-Founder of ClearObject and ITIA Board Member. “Having Indiana on the list of 5 states without a bias crimes law is a barrier to attracting skilled talent to our state. We can’t get off this unflattering ‘list of 5,’ without a list.”
“If we’re going to continue to operate in the Hoosier state and stay competitive, we have to be able to recruit and retain talent,” said Jon Gilman, CEO of Clear Software. “Let’s take unnecessary recruitment barriers off the table and pass a comprehensive, inclusive bias crimes law this year.”
Several ITIA members who were negatively impacted by the 2015 passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) fear similar fallout if a comprehensive bias crimes law fails to pass this year.
“Our company was preparing to relocate to Fishers, Indiana from Southern California, just as RFRA gained national attention. Unfortunately, it cost us our Chief Operations Officer and my right-hand man who decided not to relocate here because of concerns about Indiana’s inclusiveness and diversity,” said Anderson Schoenrock, CEO of Memory Ventures. “My fear now – is that if legislators pass a bias crimes law without a list or, once again, fail to pass one – we will face a backlash similar to what occurred after RFRA and threaten our industry’s growth.”
Joshua Driver, a member of the LGBT community and CEO of Selfless.ly, founded Open For Service after RFRA to combat the negative reputation harming the tech industry.
“Passing a bias crimes law without a list will counteract all of the work we’ve done in recent years to rebuild our state’s reputation, share Indiana’s story and grow our industry,” Driver said. “We urge our representatives to pass a bias crimes law with enumerated characteristics that include sexual orientation and gender identity.”
He also noted the lingering effects of RFRA that will likely worsen without passage of a true bias crimes law.
“These policies can lead to employee losses as well as investment losses. An investment group my company hoped to pitch wouldn’t even consider us because they had made the decision not to invest in Indiana companies after RFRA,” Driver said.
ITIA members will be sending a letter to members of the Indiana House of Representatives today asking them to stand with Governor Eric Holcomb and add the list of enumerated characters back into the bias crimes legislation before passage.
“We need to send a strong message that Indiana is a welcoming, diverse state,” McDonald said.
A PHOTO from today’s press conference is available here. PICTURED LEFT RIGHT: (Ray Ontko with Doxpop, Jon Gilman with Clear Software, Joshua Driver with Selfless.ly and Open For Service, Anderson Schoenrock with Memory Ventures, John McDonald with ClearObject, Amy Waggoner with Salesforce, John Wechsler with Launch Fishers and Indiana IoT Lab, Ade Olonoh an angel investor)
The Indiana Technology & Innovation Association (ITIA) is a statewide association of Indiana’s technology driven companies and partners. ITIA represents more than 100 technology companies across the state and Indiana’s fastest growing sector. More information at indianatechnology.org.
Based in Fishers, ClearObject is an Internet of Things (IoT) systems integrator that designs, develops, deploys, and manages innovative connected solutions and digital data products. More information at www.clearobject.com.
About Memory Ventures
Based in Fishers, Memory Ventures encompasses 8 direct to consumer brands all of which help consumers preserve, share and enjoy their favorite life moments. More information at www.memoryventures.com.
About Clear Software
Based in Zionsville, Clear Software is a process automation platform that helps large organizations dramatically improve their operational efficiency. More information at clearsoftware.com.
Based in Indianapolis, Selfless.ly logs, tracks, and maintains all charitable involvement in one place. It is then tracked in a system and provides important metrics for marketing, recruitment, and retention initiatives. More information at www.selflessly.io.
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