NEWS: CA tech group opens shop in hotbed Austin

AUSTIN: The California-based Technology Network, a public policy group that fosters communication between politicians and CEOs, venture capitalists and other hi-tech industry leaders, has expanded into the Lone Star state.

AUSTIN: The California-based Technology Network, a public policy group that fosters communication between politicians and CEOs, venture capitalists and other hi-tech industry leaders, has expanded into the Lone Star state.

AUSTIN: The California-based Technology Network, a public policy

group that fosters communication between politicians and CEOs, venture

capitalists and other hi-tech industry leaders, has expanded into the

Lone Star state.



The two-year-old organization launched TechNet Texas earlier this month

and has tapped Margaret Lauderback, a Texas political veteran, as its

executive director. While Lauderback is currently working alone in

Austin, she plans to add four staff members within the next few

months.



TechNet had hoped to move into Austin - a hi-tech hotbed - several

months earlier, but postponed plans until new CEO Roberta Katz came on

board.



’What we’re going to try to do is raise our membership so we can be the

voice of the hi-tech industry in Texas,’ said Lauderback.



Locally, the organization has tapped Public Strategies for its PR

needs.



PSI staffer Holly Woodrow leads a team that will handle media relations

surrounding the organization’s launch and assist in state public affairs

efforts. Such efforts will be crucial to the group’s missions of getting

the hi-tech community’s voice heard by politicians and promoting state

and federal laws favorable to the Texas hi-tech industry.



Lauderback noted that Texas, rather than California or New York, leads

the US in the creation of new hi-tech jobs.



Top priorities for TechNet over the next year include seeking tax

credits and federal funding for research and development.



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