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Technology Association of Georgia
Tony Cooper
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ATLANTA (November 8, 2016) –The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state’s leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry, today announced that Georgia State Speaker Pro-Tem Jan Jones (R-Milton) and State Senator Bruce Thompson (R-White) have been awarded with the 2016 Technology Legislator of the Year Award.  The award is given annually to lawmakers who demonstrate support and understanding of Georgia’s technology issues and industry.

“Education is the foundation for a competitive workforce that is required to drive innovation in our 21st century economy. Technology advancement has contributed heavily to U.S. economic growth over the past several decades and moving forward, the nation’s fastest-growing occupations in cyber security, health IT, manufacturing or digital media will necessitate workers with skill sets in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  Workforce demand for IT professionals in Georgia is at an all-time high.  Georgia needs to continue incentivizing our homegrown talent to go into these STEM related fields.  TAG is appreciative of Speaker Pro-Tem Jan Jones’ efforts to advance the workforce talent throughout the state of Georgia by sponsoring HB 801,” said Tino Mantella.   

Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones (R-Milton) introduced HB 801 refining the HOPE scholarship to reward Georgia college students for taking rigorous science, technology, engineering, and math courses.

The legislation directs the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia to select bachelor-level science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses to receive extra weight for purposes of calculating the HOPE scholarship GPA while a student attends college.  Identified core and major courses must be determined to be academically rigorous and required by or lead to jobs in high demand STEM fields.

“This initiative will encourage our young people to develop the 21st century skills demanded in STEM fields and make Georgia even more competitive in attracting high tech companies to locate and expand in our state,” said Rep. Jones.

In his first year as the Senate Science and Technology Chair, Senator Thompson has diligently worked with technology industry leaders to hear testimony on important pieces of legislation to the industry, including data & cyber security.  He is an IT professional, who understands the industry and has shown a willingness to move the industry forward with consumers, education and small businesses.  These are the pillars of a Technology Legislator of the year,” said Tino Mantella. 

“I am humbled to be informed that I was selected as the TAG Legislator of the Year. It is truly an honor to serve as the Chair of this dynamic committee that was dominated by Data & Cyber Security Legislation in 2016,” said Senator Thompson.

The award was presented to Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones before a crowd of technology leaders and stakeholders at the STEM Awards on November 4.   

The award will be presented to Senator Thompson before a crowd of technology leaders and stakeholders at the 2016 TAG Legislative Roundtable on December 14.    


About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 33,000 members and hosting over 200 events each year. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 34 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, influence and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides members with access to networking and educational programs; recognizes and promotes Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive. For more information visit the TAG website at or TAG’s community website at To learn about the TAG-Ed Collaborative visit



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