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Aerospace, Aviation & Defense Community Gather for First Annual Requirements Conference Hosted by the Arizona Technology Council

Event Features Networking, an Exposition, Exceptional Presentations and Educational Sessions for Defense Contractors, Subcontractors, Manufacturers, Military Personnel and Service Providers (December 14, 2011)

PHOENIX, AZ -- (Marketwire) -- 12/14/11 -- The Arizona Technology Council, in collaboration with the Arizona Commerce Authority, Science Foundation Arizona Aerospace and Defense Initiative, Arizona Aerospace and Defense Research Collaboratory and EnableVentures, Inc. (EVI), today announced the first annual Arizona Aerospace, Aviation and Defense Requirements Conference. This is a "must attend" event for defense contractors, subcontractors, manufacturers, military personnel and service providers of any size or stage, that want to do business with Arizona A&D companies.

The conference will launch with an evening networking and exposition (Expo) event at the Phoenix Convention Center on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. It will continue on Thursday, January 26 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with the Expo, a full day of networking, exceptional presentations and educations sessions. The cost to attend Wednesday only is $35 for Arizona Technology Council members, $55 for non-Arizona Technology Council members. A full conference pass that includes both days' events is $75 for Arizona Technology Council members and $100 for non-Arizona Technology Council members.

"Aerospace, Aviation & Defense is a critical base industry for Arizona, as our state has seen groundbreaking innovation and export growth in this vital sector for decades," said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. "For the first time, we're celebrating the vibrancy of this industry and bringing together Arizona's entire A&D industry so that attendees can gain direct access to decision-makers and learn how to best meet their needs and requirements."

The importance of the aerospace and defense industry to Arizona's economy and to the state's overall fiscal health is outlined in the March, 2010 report issued by the Arizona Chamber Foundation titled "Policy Brief -- Defense and Aerospace in Arizona." According to the brief, A&D manufacturers account for more than 37,000 jobs in Arizona, which is 21 percent of all of Arizona's manufacturing jobs. These are high wage jobs with an $85K average annual salary; 41 percent above the average Arizona manufacturing salary and more than double the average Arizona wage across all industries.

"Economic developers from across the country are looking to attract and retain sustainable, high wage, export oriented industries," said Don Cardon, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. "Arizona's A&D industry is second to none with firms manufacturing products that meet the defense community's immediate needs and developing new technologies that will be used to confront future challenges."

In direct support of competitive smaller A&D businesses, the conference is featuring a session on Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) guidelines. Through these two competitive programs, the U.S. Small Business Association ensures that the nation's small, high-tech, innovative businesses are a significant part of the federal government's research and development efforts. Eleven federal departments participate in the SBIR program; five departments participate in the STTR program awarding $2.5 billion to small high-tech businesses. Attendees of this session will learn more about the requirements of these programs and how to full advantage of the resources available to them.

Gold Sponsors of the first annual Requirements Conference for Arizona's Aerospace, Aviation & Defense Community include Raytheon Missile Systems and McMurry. Silver Sponsors include Universal Avionics Systems Corporation, Tucson Embedded Systems, EOS Technologies, Inc., Breault Research Organization, Inc., Infrared laboratories, and Northrop Grumman Corporation. For additional sponsorship information please contact Leigh Goldstein at or (602) 343-8324 x104.

About the Arizona Technology Council
The Arizona Technology Council is Arizona's premier trade association for science and technology companies. Recognized as having a diverse professional business community, Council members work towards furthering the advancement of technology in Arizona through leadership, education, legislation and social action. The Arizona Technology Council offers numerous events, educational forums and business conferences that bring together leaders, managers, employees and visionaries to make an impact on the technology industry. These interactions contribute to the Council's culture of growing member businesses and transforming technology in Arizona. To become a member or to learn more about the Arizona Technology Council, please visit

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Global Connect Communications
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Organization contact:
Steven G. Zylstra
Arizona Technology Council
(602) 343-8324 x 104

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