Four organizations have launched the Illinois Technology Alliance to lobby for innovation and economic growth in Illinois.
The alliance will work to advance the public policy interests of high-tech manufacturing, information technology, biotech and life sciences. “We’re trying to corral the independent fire power of our groups,” said Maura O’Hara, executive director of the Illinois Venture Capital Association.
The founding members — the Illinois Venture Capital Association, the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition, the Illinois Biotech Industry Organization and TechAmerica — invite others to join them in their efforts, O’Hara said. “It’s an opportunity to share information and perspectives on legislation moving down the pike,” O’Hara said. “We thought maybe we would have more umph if we worked together. We could have more influence on job creation and the economy.”
According to a news release, the Alliance will advocate for state level policies, programs and practices that increase access to capital and promote entrepreneurship; ensure the regulatory environment does not impede or discourage innovation or entrepreneurship; promote and support basic research; invest in an educational system that provides students and workers with the skills to compete in a global economy; and advocate for strong fiscal policies that establish a foundation that removes uncertainty for potential investors and entrepreneurs.
The groups collaborated informally before forming the coalition, which is using the initials ILTA to differentiate it from the Illinois Technology Association (ITA), which does not engage in lobbying, O’Hara said.
— Ann Meyer