Downtown Prescott, Arizona on Friday the 13th, overlooking the creek and eating the best tapas in town, the Northern Arizona Technology Alliance (NATA) had their first open forum. More than 50 techies from across the area connected at Eightfold Technology’s office suite to discuss the future of technology in the area.
NATA is here to recruit, educate, develop, and retain individuals and companies both established and starting out. NATA has already gained the support of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Yavapai College, the cities of Prescott and Prescott Valley and community leaders. The Executive Director Michelle Baker and Founding Members Jim Robb, John Markham, and Henry Ebarb II, laid out their vision for the future of NATA to a captivated audience. Jim wants to focus on attracting more businesses to the area. John wants to stop the outflow of intellectual capital and Henry is focused on growing a community of technology while taking advantage of the beautiful surroundings of Prescott. The founding members are working to understand all the needs of the area and have a very open mind as NATA evolves.
As NATA grows they intend to have membership at an affordable cost. State and local partner organizations and businesses will contribute free, discounted and cooperative services to NATA members. Opportunities are being identified for gaining grant-based funding for local tech businesses to take advantage of, and proposals to the state legislature for ways to promote innovation funding exclusively for rural tech businesses are in the works. NATA wants to promote the interest of various tech investment leaders to bring funding and businesses to our area as the current trend is a push to provide better cost of living for tech companies and employees than is currently offered in the major tech corridors.
This was the first of many monthly mixers; the next already in the works. Connect with NATA through their website: tech-arizona.com, LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/tech-arizona or Facebook: www.facebook.com/NorthernArizonaTechAlliance.