Kate Brophy McGee Earns Outstanding Technology Senator of the Year

The Outstanding Technology Senator of the Year, Outstanding Technology Representative of the Year and the Tech Ten Legislators were announced today by the Arizona Technology Council, in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority. The winning legislators will be awarded at the 2018 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards (GCOI) presented by Avnet, Inc. on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. 3rd St. West Building, 3rd Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85004 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

“The outstanding legislators on this list who value and support the agenda of our technology industry are critical to the continued economic success of Arizona,” said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. “It’s a privilege to work side-by-side with them and present this well-deserved honor.”

More than 850 of Arizona’s finest business leaders will celebrate the state’s technology innovation and leadership during GCOI, which will include an awards ceremony, networking, food and entertainment. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at aztechcouncil.org.

“Arizona is fortunate that these distinguished legislators have taken a personal interest in shaping policies that will keep our state at the leading edge of innovation, and we congratulate them on this well-deserved recognition,” said Sandra Watson, president and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority. “We are grateful to all of our Arizona lawmakers for their leadership and service to our state.”

Outstanding Tech Senator of the Year:

Sen. Kate Brophy McGee, District 28

Sen. Brophy McGee is another long-standing champion for the technology community and also for education in Arizona. Sen. Brophy McGee introduced the companion Senate bill to extend Proposition 301 and continue the $600 million in K-12 funding in Arizona permanently. She was also able to help defeat legislation in the Senate that would have been harmful to district schools and K-12 education. Additionally, she has supported many pieces of legislation that have helped advance Arizona’s progress in becoming a technology hub.

About the Arizona Technology Council

The Arizona Technology Council is Arizona’s premier trade association for science and technology companies. Recognized as having a diverse professional business community, Council members work towards furthering the advancement of technology in Arizona through leadership, education, legislation and social action. The Arizona Technology Council offers numerous events, educational forums and business conferences that bring together leaders, managers, employees and visionaries to make an impact on the technology industry. These interactions contribute to the Council’s culture of growing member businesses and transforming technology in Arizona. To become a member or to learn more about the Arizona Technology Council, please visit aztechcouncil.org.

About the Arizona Commerce Authority

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state's leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona's economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: attract, expand, create - attract out-of-state companies to establish operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to expand their business in Arizona and beyond; and help entrepreneurs create new Arizona businesses in targeted industries.

For more information, please visit azcommerce.com and follow the ACA on Twitter at @azcommerce.

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