By Larry K. Williams, TAG President and CEO
TAG is actively engaged locally, nationally and internationally in addressing major challenges in technology and innovation that include securing America’s economic future, much of which impacts the business and technology communities right here in Georgia.
For example, the CHIPS and Science Act that passed last year, provided $52 billion in funding to subsidize U.S. semiconductor R&D and manufacturing. Several of Georgia’s lawmakers took the lead in refining this piece of legislation to promote our state’s interest. And, TAG, together with industry leaders like NCR, actively worked together in support of this initiative.
Also, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has already funded over 20,000 projects across the country, including critical upgrades to major airports like Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. In the same vein, TAG worked closely with the State in supporting critical broadband expansion to communities across Georgia, helping to bridge the digital divide in urban and rural regions alike.
Finally, in his recent State of the Union speech, President Biden highlighted many of the challenges and opportunities facing our nation. He urged a crackdown on online privacy practices that deeply resonate with industry leaders and consumers alike throughout our state, starting with data collection and surveillance practices. It is our combined interest to call for legislation that will hold social media companies accountable, especially regarding online safety protections for our youth.
Similarly, the seemingly ever-increasing ‘junk’ fees that currently pervade a broad range of goods and services – from credit cards to concert and airline tickets – is a concern for us all and does not create an environment of inclusive access to many in our community.
TAG is committed to representing the interest of our innovation ecosystem at the local, national and global levels – engaging with tech leaders, elected officials and other partners. To keep abreast of TAG’s 2023 legislative priorities and policy positions, click here.