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Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY), Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and ClikCloud Founder Dan Shapero Recognized as TechVoice Champions

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY), Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and ClikCloud Founder Dan Shapero Recognized as TechVoice Champions

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Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY), Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and ClikCloud FounderDan Shapero Recognized as TechVoiceChampions
Policymakers, Industry Leader Honored For Advocacy of TechnologyPolicies
 WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- CompTIA,through itsTechVoice partnership, presented the inaugural TechVoice Champion Awards to Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) and Sen.Jeff Merkley (D-OR) to recognize their leadership and advocacy onbehalf of the country's information technology (IT) industry. LongtimeIT industry executive and activist Dan Shapero , founder of ClikCloud,also was honored for his ongoing commitment to policy advocacy onbehalf of the industry.The TechVoice Champion Awards were presented here Wednesday aspart of the two-day TechVoice D.C. Fly-In."Last year saw so many important policies that impact the technologysector, particularly small and medium-sized companies," said ToddThibodeaux , president and chief executive officer, CompTIA. "With theinaugural TechVoice Champion Awards, we recognize three individualswho were instrumental in realizing some of these accomplishments
 and continue to advocate for the small business tech sector."Rep. Grimm was recognized for his leadership and advocacy of theStartup Act 2.0, a legislative proposal intended to boost our economicrecovery by providing greater support for high-paying, high-skilled jobsin science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Sen. Merkley has been active in ensuring that small and medium-sizedtechnology businesses have the access to capital that they need to grow.He was a strong champion of the crowdfunding provisions which allowentrepreneurs to raise smaller amounts of money from various sources.He also was a strong supporter of the JOBS Act.Dan Shapero is a long-time tech policy advocate and an active memberof CompTIA. Shapero was a former member of the CompTIA Board of Directors and has been particularly active in launching and leading theSouthern California TechVoice Chapter."Tech is the key engine driving our economy and transforming oursociety," said Senator Merkley. "I'm committed to making sure we havethe building blocks in place that allow innovation to thrive, creating newopportunities for individuals and businesses that we can't even imaginetoday. The first-ever crowdfunding law that we passed will be apowerful tool helping entrepreneurs launch new ventures, and I look forward to continuing to work closely with the tech community.""Too often we educate the world's best and brightest in STEM fields,only to send them back to countries like India and China to openbusinesses and compete against us," said Rep. Grimm. "I introducedStartup 2.0 to keep top talent here, in order to help American businessesgrow and drive U.S. innovation in fields like the IT industry. I thank CompTIA for recognizing my commitment to growing America'stechnology sector and I'm honored to receive the TechVoice ChampionAward."The TechVoice Champion Awards were presented at the TechVoiceChampion Awards Dinner in conjunction with the TechVoice D.C. Fly-In, held February 13 and 14.
The fly-in allows U.S. business leaders in the technology sector to meetface-to-face with Congressional representatives on Capitol Hill andother key policymakers in Washington.TechVoice is a partnership of the Computing Technology IndustryAssociation(CompTIA), the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) and participating regional technology associations. TechVoicerepresents thousands of technology companies across the countryemploying millions of workers."As Washington, D.C., and state capitals focus on tough choices onrevenues and spending, we want to make sure that policymakersprioritize policies that support growth and innovation in the technologysector. Having strong legislative champions like Rep. Grimm and Sen.Merkley is invaluable. Engaging passionate voices from our industry,leaders like Dan Shapero , who has been on the forefront of advocacy, isequally important," added Thibodeaux.
About CompTIA
CompTIA is the voice of the world's information technology (IT)industry. Its members are the companies at the forefront of innovation;and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefitsorganizations receive from their investments in technology. CompTIA isdedicated to advancing industry growth through its educationalprograms, market research, networking events, professionalcertifications, and public policy advocacy. Visithttp://www.comptia.org/home.aspx or follow CompTIA athttp://www.facebook.com/CompTIA and twitter.com/comptia. 

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