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Technology-advocacy

Technology.

Over the last 20 years, technology has drastically changed the way we live, work and socialize, and it will continue to rapidly evolve in the future. Innovations and technological advancements stimulate our economy, improve workplace training programs and make it easier for businesses to deliver goods and services to the ever-expanding marketplace.

In this new digital world, the relationship between technology developers and the businesses that rely on their products to operate is vital. It is important for businesses to partner with academic research and development institutions to help speed up the commercialization of budding technologies so these advancements can be brought to the marketplace more quickly.

The council will actively support technology policies that improve the strength and competitiveness of Louisiana businesses and industries in the global marketplace.

Current Issues.


Broadband: Support policies that encourage private investments in Louisiana from technology companies. Investing in advanced technology infrastructure is necessary to support new innovations and the explosion of technology usage. Extending broadband services to more Louisianans will create jobs, lead to the development of new, innovative products and fuel economic growth. It will connect Louisiana citizens to educational and employment opportunities and open the door to better, less expensive health care.

Education: Because the pace of technology continually increases, our teaching methods must adapt to this ever-changing environment. Support expanding electronic distance learning systems that give equal access to all students.

Fiscal Transparency: Support efforts to increase the transparency of state and local government operations and enhance public online access to information.

Government Efficiency: Support efforts to operate state government in a more efficient, cost-effective and fiscally responsible manner, including privatizing state government services where feasible, and encourage the utilization of technology.

Patent Enforcement: Support efforts to deter bad faith patent enforcement that would harm all Louisiana business, especially small emerging businesses. 

Research and Development Incentives: Support the expansion of incentives designed to aid our state’s research and development industries.

Sales Tax Exemption for Research & Development: Support sales tax exemptions for the cost of material and equipment purchased for the purpose of research and development.

Tax Incentives: Support the availability of fair and equitable tax incentives for economic development, including those for job retention, job creation, and facility modernization. Support business tax measures that encourage the retention or relocation of jobs and businesses to this state. Oppose efforts to weaken Louisiana’s existing economic development incentives.

Technology Transfer: Create a statewide technology transfer network which transcends geographic and political boundaries to develop commercially viable technologies from our state’s universities and colleges.

Worker Training: Study and develop legislation that would allow businesses, small businesses in particular, greater access and flexibility in the use of monies for worker training specific to technology.

 


Ongoing Issues.


Technology Contracts: In order to increase business participation and competition for state government technology contracts and initiatives, LABI supports efforts to make technology-related requests for proposals easily available online to the technology community at large.

Cybersecurity Issues: Support continued research, innovation and collaboration between government, educational institutions and the business community to foster a secure infrastructure environment for commercial, consumer and intellectual property protection and public safety.

 


Contacts.


Courtney Baker serves as Director of the Technology Advocacy Council. In this capacity her responsibilities include technology issues that shape and impact Louisiana's businesses.

 

Courtney Baker

Director, Technology Council, LABI

courtneyb@labi.org
(225) 215-6659

John Jones

Chair, Technology Council
CenturyLink
318-362-1583

john.jones@centurylink.com