What is the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA)?
WTIA is an influential co-op of 1,000 tech companies large and small. We are pragmatic partners with education and government leaders building a better world.
What is the mission of WTIA?
WTIA is the unifying voice for the technology community in Washington. We consolidate the power of member companies to solve business problems they can’t solve on their own.
Our priorities are to…
- Recruit, develop, and retain technology talent in Washington state. We will help Washington residents gain access to ICT jobs.
- Obtain private and public investment capital to expand technology operations in Washington state. We will increase the number of ICT jobs in Washington state.
- Design new solutions to address evolving member needs.
How does WTIA achieve its mission?
We’re achieving our mission by…
- Delighting member companies;
- Acting as a trusted and credible partner in every endeavor;
- Cultivating new talent by operating the best nationally registered tech apprenticeship program;
- Using group buying power to deliver high value, affordable services to member companies;
- Creating forums for industry, education, and government to collaborate effectively toward building a strong industry in a thriving community;
- Cultivating public policies that are well informed and serve our communities.
How do I contact WTIA?
What companies belong to WTIA?
ABOUT WTIA MEMBERSHIP
How does my company join WTIA?
Please fill out this form and a membership representative will contact you.
Why should I join WTIA?
Joining the WTIA provides your company access to membership benefits, supports the WTIA mission, and brings your company into a community of 1,000+ companies. This includes:
- Co-op priced HR benefits (Health Insurance, 401(k), Verizon Phone Plan, and Business Insurance)
- Access to WTIA programs like ApprentiTM, Ion Collaborators, Startup Club, Cascadia Blockchain Council, and more
- Event access and sponsorship
- Customized member solutions
- Networking & connections
- Discounted products & services
- Public policy voice
What is the cost of a WTIA membership?
WTIA is a not for profit organization that is mission-based. Members contribute to the mission at different levels based on size:
- Companies with 0-24 Employees: $600
- Companies with 25-49 Employees: $1800
- Companies with 50+ Employees: $3000
President’s Club access starts at $10,000.
Please contact Toni Colman to get started on membership and to discuss our many other custom options.
Are dues tax deductible?
WTIA dues are deductible as a business expense. The WTIA estimates that 10% of dues paid to the Association are used for lobbying unless restricted by a member company. In accordance with Internal Revenue Code Section 6033, lobbying and political expenditures are not deductible for income tax purposes. Please consult your tax advisor.
Does WTIA offer sponsorship opportunities?
My company is a WTIA a member, does that make me a WTIA member too?
Yes, all employees of WTIA member companies are also members. Learn more about your member benefits here.
Does WTIA membership have restrictions?
WTIA membership has no restrictions but there are some events and programs that are restricted. Contact Carole Currey to learn more.
As a WTIA member, do I get access to the WTIA Health Insurance Plan?
Access to the WTIA Health Insurance Plan is restricted to technology companies. Email email@example.com to see if you qualify.
I am not sure if my WTIA membership has expired. How do I check?
I have questions about my member benefits. Who do I talk to?
We’re happy to help! Please contact Account Manager, Carole Currey.
Can WTIA promote my event?
Members have preferred access to post your events on our community events calendar. Submit your event here, and we will approve your submission within 48 hours.
Contact Amy Fawcett to edit or remove your event from the calendar.
You can also promote your event to our social media pages by submitting here.
How do I become a WTIA blog contributor?
Do you have a perspective on the tech industry that you’d like to share with the community? Members have preferred access to contribute to our blog. View the blog guidelines and submit your content.
ABOUT WTIA PROGRAMS
What is the WTIA Benefits Program?
The WTIA Benefits Program delivers collectively bargained HR benefits to you and your employees. WTIA does the admin, compliance, and audits, while you focus on building your company and serving your customers.
Learn more about our Medical Bundle, 401(k) and IRAs, Business Insurance, and Phone Plan benefits here.
For additional information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What types of events does WTIA produce?
WTIA has many types of events including seminars, workshops, lectures, round tables, and signature events designed to incite conversation around current topics relevant to the tech industry. And we can build a custom event just for you! These programs facilitate networking and learning opportunities. When tech professionals grow, their companies grow. And the industry strengthens together.
Register for one of our events on our events calendar.
I would like to volunteer as a speaker for a WTIA program--how do I do that?
Thanks for your interest in volunteering! Please contact the WTIA Events Product Manager with your proposal and your professional biography and we will let you know if there is a good fit.
How do I register for a WTIA event?
Find and register for WTIA events on the WTIA Events Calendar. Events in green are WTIA events. Events in grey are community partner events (not produced by WTIA).
If you are a member, register with your company email address so you can receive member pricing.
Do I need to be a member to attend WTIA functions?
Some of our events are members-only. Just take a look at the event descriptions to see if the event is open to all!
If I don't RSVP, can I register at the door?
Yes, for most events, it is possible to register and pay with credit card at the door. For events that have reserved seating, like our Giving Gala, we cannot allow for on-site registrations.
ABOUT WTIA ADVOCACY WORK
Does WTIA represent my company’s interest in government?
WTIA represents the interest of the entire tech industry, advocating for public policy to help support companies of all sizes.
What does Advocacy mean and what does WTIA do in this space?
Advocacy is a term used by trade associations, usually equated with lobbying government officials. The WTIA sees advocacy as a broader responsibility in which we show public support for our industry or for a cause that our industry supports. WTIA engages with policymakers at the federal, state, and local level.
The number one issue our industry faces is access to talent. Our ability to create new jobs dramatically exceeds our state’s ability to produce the talent needed to fill those jobs. This problem can only be solved through an open and sincere collaboration among industry, education, and government leaders.
To address this talent gap, WTIA support increased investment in K-12 and higher education, greater investments for higher ed, and funding for technology apprenticeships.
Given our broad membership base, WTIA also engages in policies to support and improve the business climate more generally. WTIA supports R&D tax credits and other tax incentives to ensure regional investment, fair and nation-leading online privacy legislation, an immigration policy that retains the talented people we teach and train, and all legislation and civic action that promotes our region on a national stage to celebrate our quality of life, our achievements as a society, and our successes as an industry.
What are the major policy priorities of WTIA?
Our policy priorities are
- Workforce development
- Labor regulations
- Sensible tax policy
- Supporting tech innovation, research, and development