TALK Visited DC to Advocate for IT Sector With TechAmerica Flyin

Louisville, KY, February 13, 2015 –  01227 DC Flyin-banners-03-200x200This week, Dawn Yankeelov, Executive Director/CEO from the Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky (TALK) and Aspectx, joined TechAmerica to advocate for IT sector priorities on Capitol Hill during the organization’s annual fly-in to Washington, D.C. TechAmerica, the public sector and public advocacy department of CompTIA, works to provide a voice to tech companies on Capitol Hill.

As a TechAmerica DC Fly-In participant representing Kentucky’s tech council, Ms. Yankeelov met with the offices of Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), US House of Representative John Yarmuth (D-KY), Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Senator John Thune (R-SD), US House of Representative John Ratcliffe (R-TX), and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) to focus their attention on policies that develop skills for the 21st century workforce, advance tax and regulatory policies that spur innovation, lead in secure internet-based platform technologies, support new and emerging technology platforms through policies, address availability and delivery of broadband communications, expand markets and advocate for sensible rules of global trade, and advance common sense reforms in government procurement and acquisition. Congressman John Ratcliffe ws recently named in January as the subcommittee chairman on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies.

Other Kentucky companies represented were Tier 3 Technologies, and Commercial Connect Inc., and VersaTrace LLC.

CEO Michael Paynter of Tier 3 Technologies serves on a state and local committee involving issues of broadband for municipalities in Kentucky and brought this subject up in the Flyin with Kentucky Congressmen, as a TechAmerica DC Fly-In participant.

Jeffrey Smith, CEO of Commercial Connect, LLC met with Congressional subcommittees to focus their attention on policies pertaining to ecommerce, ICANN oversight, and the Internet.

“Tech sector innovation is a key force behind a strong 21st century economy and, Congress should prioritize issues that affect technology companies,” said Ms. Yankeelov, Executive Director/CEO of TALK. “These issues include ensuring tax and regulatory policies that spur innovation; and immigration reform that includes making it easier to recruit and retain the ‘best and the brightest’ of high-tech workers in an effort to close the skills gap and remain globally competitive.”

“As the tech sector grapples with the implementation of 2015 Congressional priorities, TechAmerica will continue to facilitate open discourse between legislators and technology companies of all sizes,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO of CompTIA. “Through a balanced, multi-policy approach that incorporates the needs of hiring businesses, Congress can boost economic growth nationwide.”

The Fly-In ran February 10-11, 2015. For more information on TechAmerica’s advocacy efforts, visit

About (TALK) Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky (

The tech council in Louisville called TALK represents about 3,000 in the region interested in technology issues as they affect state and local economic development efforts.

About TechAmerica

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