SOURCE: Tech Council of Maryland

Tech Council of Maryland

April 14, 2010 10:08 ET

Tech Council of Maryland Unites With Maryland Computer Services Association

Merged Group Will Focus Efforts on Advocating for Maryland High Tech Businesses on the State and Federal Level

ROCKVILLE, MD--(Marketwire - April 14, 2010) -  The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM), the state's largest technology trade association, announced today that it is joining forces with the Maryland Computer Services Association (MCSA), a statewide association of computer services companies dedicated to lobbying on behalf of Maryland's computer services industry. These groups have merged to become one unified voice representing high tech businesses in Maryland before the state legislature and federal government.

TCM is a 25 year-old association with more than 500 tech company members representing more than 250,000 professionals throughout the region. One of TCM's primary missions is to provide advocacy in Annapolis and on Capitol Hill. In 2008, TCM, MCSA and other organizations throughout the state defeated the Computer Services Sales Tax. MCSA was formed in 2008 in response to the tech tax proposed by the Maryland State Legislature.

"TCM and MCSA share the same vision for Maryland technology businesses. As we move forward with our state and federal legislative agenda for 2010, the union of our two organizations makes very good sense," said Renee Winsky, CEO of the Tech Council of Maryland. "We will be able to leverage the unique resources of both organizations to have a greater impact for TCM member companies."

"There has been a great deal of complementary work done on behalf of the state's technology businesses by both MCSA and TCM," said Tom Loveland, MCSA's co-founder and CEO of Mind Over Machines, Inc. "Together we become a more powerful force, one which I believe will ensure that Maryland remains at the forefront of the high-tech economy."

The merged organization will operate under the Tech Council of Maryland name, with Renée Winsky serving as CEO.

ABOUT THE TECH COUNCIL OF MARYLAND
The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM) is the largest technology trade group serving the advanced technology and biotechnology communities of Maryland. TCM's mission is to advocate for the interests of the technology community, further the role of technology in the Maryland economy, and nurture an environment where technology companies can collaborate, grow and succeed. For more information, visit www.techcouncilmd.com.

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