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Public Policy Advocacy

TECNA represents over 60 IT and technology trade organizations that, in turn, represent more than 22,000 technology-related companies in North America. TECNA empowers regional technology organizations and serves as their collective voice in helping grow the North American technology economy.

TECNA is dedicated to empowering and mobilizing the grassroots tech community to impact legislative and regulatory issues important to growth, innovation and job creation.

United States

TECNA’s membership is inclusive of nearly 50 U.S. technology trade councils/associations. Through their collective efforts, our U.S. members develop and implement a policy agenda that successfully supports their members

To this end, TECNA seeks to promote:


TECNA’s membership is inclusive of nearly 20 Canadian IT and technology related councils/associations. Through their collective efforts, our Canadian members develop and implement a policy agenda that successfully supports their members.

In so doing, our Canadian members support efforts to affect provincial policies that encourage Technology Based Economic Development (TBED), workforce development and STEM education.

Congressional Testimony

Jennifer G. Young, CEO of TECNA, was invited in 2021 to testify on behalf of TECNA before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship (Judiciary) at a hearing which occurred on Tuesday, July 13 at 2:00 p.m. ET titled, Oh, Canada! How Outdated U.S. Immigration Policies Push Top Talent to Other Countries.

The hearing’s focus was centered on the United States’ antiquated highly skilled immigration policies (i.e. H1-B visas), and how the Unites States is losing these highly skilled workers to other countries and fast.

Watch the testimony below and click here to download the written testimony from Jennifer G. Young on behalf of TECNA.

TECNA Positions

01.11.24 - TECNA Joins 23 Technology, Innovation and Small Business Organizations Urging Congress to Fix Section 174 Tax Priority

12.22.23 - TECNA's comments to the Department of Homeland Security on Modernizing the H-1B Program

12.05.23 - Letter to House Small Business Committee Leadership Regarding SBA's Revised Rule on Affliation

11.14.23 - TECNA Joins 31 Organizations in Letter Urging Congress to Prevent Agencies from Adopting Proposed Overhaul of HSR Pre-merger Filing Requirements

11.02.23 - TECNA Joins Over 1300 Industry Groups on Guidance for Section 174 R&D Amortization

09.27.23 - TECNA's comments on Pre-Merger Notification; Reporting and Waiting Period Requirements

09.15.23 - TECNA Comments on the 2023 FTC/DOJ Draft Guidelines for Mergers and Acquisitions

08.31.23 - TECNA Joins Nine Organizations in Letter Urging Congress to Fund Tech Hubs

07.11.23 - TECNA Joins Twenty-Five Organizations in Letter Urging Congress to Pass a Comprehensive Federal Data Privacy Bill

07.07.23 - TECNA Comments on National Priorities for Artificial Intelligence

04.05.23 - TECNA Urges Congress to Repeal Harmful R&D Amortization Provisions

03.07.22 - TECNA Urges Congress to Reverse Amortization of R&D Expenses

02.02.22 - TECNA Urges Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration in Support of Apprenti Program's EDA Good Jobs Challenge Grant

01.19.22 - TECNA Opposition to Current Proposed Antitrust Legislation

03.29.20 - 126 Pro-Startup Groups Representing 39 States Urge Trump Administration to Save Startup Jobs by Fixing SBA Rule

04.06.20 - TECNA Urges Paycheck Protection for Technology Associations

05.21.20 - TECNA Signs on to 324 Signatory Business Letter to President and Secretaries - Nonimmigrant Visa

06.30.20 - TECNA Signs on to Broad Coalition Letter Opposed to Suspending H1B and Other Non-Immigrant Visas

08.10.20 - TECNA Signs on to Support for Rural Broadband Development


For more information contact TECNA by phone 1-412-545-3493 or email at

R&D Amortization Webinar with Tri-Merit & TECNA

SECTION 174 CAPITALIZATION FOR R&D EXPENSING | WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS FOR YOUR BUSINESS?Recent changes in the U.S. tax code eliminated the immediate deduction of R&D expenses and requires them to instead be amortized over 5 years. This has created uncertainty for companies' tax departments. Congress is currently considering provisions which will delay the new tax treatment, but what can companies do now to prepare for the possibility of Section 174 coming into effect?Watch a webinar recording of Barry Devine, Regional Director at Tri-Merit, and the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) as we dig into details of Section 174 capitalization to help you better understand how the new rules affect your business.

December 2023 U.S. Policy Update

Interested in advocacy and policy? Join our Policy Committee! 

Whether you want to raise your advocacy profile or just interested in learning more about the state(s) and national legislative landscapes, join us on our Policy Committee calls.  We meet on the third Monday of every month at 2:00pm.  For more information, please contact Lindsay Ries at


TECNA AI Advisory Committee  

Given these initiatives and the TECNA membership’s stated interest to be on the forefront of AI policy, we are looking for experts in Canada and the U.S. with a broad and interdisciplinary range of AI-relevant experience who would be willing to be of TECNA's AI Advisory Committee.

The purpose of the committee is to anticipate and discuss AI policy issues in North America as it relates to the innovation community and to provide recommendations and guidance on topics (e.g. AI competitiveness and AI workforce issues) to inform TECNA's AI Policy. If you or one of your members are interested in serving on the AI Advisory Committee, please contact Lindsay Ries at

U.S. Public Policy Chair

Alex Curtis
TECNA U.S. Public Policy Committee Chair
VP, Public Affairs & Communications, Nashville Technology Council

Canada Public Policy Chair

(Position Vacant)
TECNA Canada Public Policy Committee Chair

Strategic Advocacy Partner