FTC is newest association to lobby state on information technology issues

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A newly formed lobbying association, aimed to focus exclusively on the needs of Florida’s technology sector, launched in Tallahassee last week.

The group — called Florida Technology Council (FTC) — will advocate on behalf of the state’s information technology industry before both the Legislative and Executive branches.

In addition to revealing the alliance, the FTC also debuted its new website and social media presence to support its overall goals.

“We are proud to announce our new association and its digital presence,” FTC chair Claudia Davant said in a statement. “Coming together under the banner of the Florida Technology Council, it is our hope that our diverse membership will further our mission of being the unified and trusted voice state government can rely on when it comes to the technology sector in the State of Florida.”

Treasurer Jim Rimes anticipates the progress of the FTC to coincide with operations of the newly created Agency for State Technology.

“Our association lends itself as a vital industry resource they can count on to help with the long-term viability of the technology sector in Florida,” Rimes said. “We look forward to working together as this new agency comes to fruition.”

Using its influence within Florida’s technology industry, the FTC looks to provide input to state administrators regarding IT issues and implementation of the Agency for State Technology. FTC is currently recruiting members and will finalize its board in the coming months.

For more information on the FTC and its efforts, visit FLTechCouncil.com, follow us on Twitter @FLTechCouncil, and like us on Facebook at FB.com/FLTechCouncil.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.