NJ Tech Council Heads to DC to Advocate for Technology Sectors

Tax reform, STEM/high-skilled talent, cybersecurity, broadband communications and global trade are among the top priorities.

This week, the NJ Tech Council, a group that provides education, networking, resources, recognition and advocacy for the state and region’s technology businesses, joined TechAmerica to advocate for tech sector priorities on Capitol Hill during its annual Tech Trek to Washington, DC.

Tech Council members met with each congressional and senate office to focus their attention on policies that: develop skills for the 21st century workforce; work to increase high-skilled STEM graduate visas, advance tax and regulatory policies that spur innovation; support common sense data and cybersecurity policies; urge the FAA to provide certainty regarding the integration of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) in our Country’s airspace; and address availability and delivery of broadband communications.

“Tech sector innovation is a key force behind a strong 21st century economy and Congress should prioritize issues that affect technology companies,” said James Barrood, president and CEO, NJ Tech Council. “These issues include ensuring tax and regulatory policies that spur innovation and immigration reform which includes making it easier to recruit and retain the ‘best and the brightest’ high-tech workers in an effort to close the skills gap as well as remain globally competitive.”


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