Benefits of Membership
TechNet is the national, bipartisan network of CEOs that promotes the growth of technology industries and the economy by building long-term relationships between technology leaders and policymakers and by advocating a targeted policy agenda at both the federal and state levels.
TechNet’s members represent more than one million employees in the fields of software/applications, hardware, networking, mobile commerce, biotechnology, and clean energy. As the leading voice for the policies and practices that foster innovation, TechNet members enjoy unique access to the critical discussions that shape our nation’s public policy and the political process.
Membership benefits include:
Members contribute to TechNet’s policy agenda development and regularly review and respond to policy positions and proposals put forth by policymakers and other stakeholders.
- Weekly Update:
All members receive TechNet’s weekly update, which reports on policy and political developments and activities across the country.
- Federal Public Policy Committee (PPC) Meetings:
For real-time updates and strategy sessions, TechNet convenes its membership for issue-based, in-person meetings or conference calls on a monthly basis. These meetings begin with an off-the-record, candid conversation with a Capitol Hill guest who provides legislative insights on relevant policy issues. The Federal PPC also has working groups on key policy issues.
As the technology industry’s largest fundraising organization and most active supporter of candidates and elected officials on both sides of the aisle, TechNet offers its members unparalleled access to the leading decision-makers in Congress, the Obama Administration, and state government. TechNet’s members find the strategic political advocacy an invaluable part of membership.
Relationships with key federal and state policymakers:
- Annually, TechNet hosts over 100 high-level political events including meet-and-greet and fundraising events with U.S. Presidents, Cabinet Members, Congressional Leadership, Governors, and state officials.
- Participation in coordinated industry political outreach that significantly amplifies individual impact.
- A role in guiding the TechNet Federal PAC and political outreach.
- Assistance with corporate PAC development, including administrative services, development of promotional and solicitation materials, strategic counsel on raising into the PAC, and for new companies, help with the creation of a PAC.
With a network of 60+ committed CEOs and Senior Executives – from the leaders of the nation’s largest technology companies to venture capitalists to founders of innovative start-ups – TechNet provides invaluable opportunities for our members to build relationships and connect with other CEOs and Senior Executives. And, as a part of our network, TechNet members have the opportunity to participate in our signature annual events and numerous high-level meetings.
- TechNet Day:
TechNet’s annual Washington, D.C. fly-in includes high-level meetings with Cabinet Secretaries and other Senior Administration officials as well as Congressional Leadership, accompanied by exclusive networking receptions and CEO roundtables. All members are invited to attend and participate. TechNet Day 2014 was Tuesday, April 1st, and a group of our CEOs met with Vice President Biden in the Roosevelt Room at the White House.
- Policy Events:
TechNet members regularly meet with leading policymakers in Washington, D.C., Silicon Valley and our regional locations – Sacramento, Boston, Austin, Seattle, and Albany.
- Political and Fundraising Events:
TechNet members have the opportunity to host and participate in numerous fundraising and political events throughout the year.
Building on TechNet’s national success, TechNet operates in key states that play critical roles in the technology industry. In addition to TechNet’s federal operations in Washington, D.C., TechNet has a presence in the Silicon Valley, Sacramento, Boston, Albany, Seattle, and Austin.
Each year, TechNet works with its membership to develop a strategic and proactive state policy agenda on issues such as STEM and digital education, energy, IP protection and R&D tax credits, innovations in health care accessibility, and privacy.
To supplement our advocacy efforts, TechNet uses a sophisticated legislative tracking service which provides legislative summaries, status updates, and intelligence gathering from various perspectives and sources.
Like the federal team, TechNet’s state team organizes a monthly CA Public Policy Committee meeting and a Multi-State Public Policy Committee meeting with a guest speaker and legislative updates. TechNet’s California state team also hosts a weekly Lobbyist Meeting to discuss, strategize and collaborate on priority legislation.
- Website and Press Releases:
All members are listed on TechNet’s website, with a CEO bio and photo and a link to the company’s website. New Members are also announced with a press release with the company name in the headline. TechNet uses its social media presence to amplify the noteworthy achievements and activities of its members.
- Speaking Opportunities and Op-Eds:
Members have the opportunity to represent TechNet and the tech industry as speakers, panelists, or in the media. In addition, TechNet regularly receives requests for industry speakers to testify before Congress or prepare comments on proposed regulation or legislation.
For TechNet membership inquiries, please contact Sue Hothem at gro.tenhcetnull@mehtohs.