Arizona Capitol Times Names Steven G. Zylstra a 2021 Leader of the Year in the Technology Category
Zylstra was Selected for His and The Council's Continued Commitment to Advocating for Technology-Friendly Legislation at the State and National Levels
PHOENIX - Aug. 23, 2021 - PRLog -- The Arizona Technology Council's President and CEO Steven G. Zylstra was selected as a 2021 Leader of the Year in the Technology category by the Arizona Capitol Times. As the leader of the Council, Zylstra is committed to creating a statewide technology-friendly ecosystem as he works diligently at the state and national levels to advocate policies that support the industry. Zylstra's recognition as a technology and public policy leader also comes on the heels of the Council winning the TECNA Innovation Award in the Public Policy Advocacy category.
Zylstra and the other 2021 Leaders of the Year will be honored at the Arizona Capitol Times' awards night hosted at the on September 28, 2021. They will also be profiled in a special edition of the newspaper. Other award winners joining Zylstra in the technology category are:
The past year has been highly successful for Zylstra and the Council in terms of public policy. In December, the Council and The Western Way brought Arizona business leaders together to participate in an initiative with the goal of recommending new ways for policymakers to incorporate energy innovation into the state's economic recovery plan. The result of the collaboration was released in a report titled "Innovation and Clean Energy Industry Recommendations for Economic Recovery: Policy Options from Arizona's Business Community."
The Council was also successful in advocating for the passage of SB1124, which includes provisions extending the Small Business Capital Investment Incentive for an additional 10 years. The program is one of the few tax credits that garner bipartisan support since it has a proven track record and helps generate revenue to support other state priorities, such as education and public safety. The combined economic impact of the program has been an estimated $1.38 billion for Arizona's economy over the past six years alone. Continued funding of this program — commonly referred to as the Angel Investor tax credit that incentivizes investment in early-stage companies and Arizona tech startups — was a top legislative priority for the Council in FY 2021. Gov. Doug Ducey signed the bill into law on July 9.
Additional public policy successes in 2021 include: