About the Council
The Florida Technology Council (FTC) is the driving force behind Florida’s rapid growth in the technology sector; connecting and empowering Florida’s technology community through legislative support. As Florida’s premier trade association for science and technology companies, the Council is recognized as having a diverse professional business community. FTC is the only association in Florida focused exclusively on the needs and priorities of the state's technology sector. The Council presents a unified and trusted voice to state government both in the Legislative and Executive branch on behalf of the technology sector. At the FTC, we elevate the needs and concerns of our information technology (IT) members in front of state government leaders to ensure the needs of this vital sector aren’t lost in the noise of associations with hundreds of other issues and industries to represent. Council members work toward furthering the advancement of technology in Florida through leadership, education, legislation and social action. These interactions contribute to the Council’s culture of growing member businesses and transforming technology in Florida.
The Agency for State Technology (AST) was established in 2014 by the Florida Legislature to develop and publish information technology policy for the management of the state’s information technology resources, oversee the state’s essential technology projects, and manage the State Data Center. The moment AST was created there was an immediate need for industry representation and legislative guidance, resulting in the formation of the Florida Technology Council.
FTC is led by Executive Director James Taylor, responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of the Council. The Council provides direction through a Founding Board of Advisors. Cyndy Loomis, CEO of ISF, serves as Chair with Eduardo Gonzalez Loumiet, CEO and President of UberOps serving as Vice Chair.
With an office located at our state capital of Tallahassee, and speaking engagements and meetings throughout the state, the Council is Florida’s only statewide organization exclusively representing the technology sector. The Florida Technology Council is the only professional networking organization that provides exclusive networking, education and lobbying for the technology business sector. Providing its member companies with marketing opportunities, educational events, and development and implementation of business-focused legislation to enhance Florida’s IT climate, the Council ranks as one of the most important technology organizations in the state.
The Florida Technology Council (FTC) is the only association in Florida focused exclusively on the needs and priorities of the state's technology sector. Our goal is to present a unified and trusted voice to state government both in the Legislative and Executive branch on behalf of the technology sector. At the FTC, we elevate the needs and concerns of information technology (IT) in front of state government leaders to ensure the needs of this vital sector aren’t lost in the noise of associations with hundreds of other issues and industries to represent.
Members of the council are provided year-round real time updates, including pivotal information delivered during committee weeks and session, on behind the scenes happenings taking place in both the House and the Senate.
Membership provides direct contact with our Executive Director as well as:
- Assistance scheduling meetings and message delivery with state government leaders
- Promotion of vital IT information to legislators, policy makers and opinion leaders
- Proactive outreach to state government leaders, and staff, to promote IT-friendly legislation
- Invitations to participate in Regional committees
- Opportunities for industry accreditation
- Technology specific updates during committee weeks and session
- Networking opportunities with other associations across Florida