The Wisconsin Technology Council has been a part of two timely information efforts in Washington, D.C., this month, where Congress is considering important revisions to programs that affect the tech-based economy.

In partnership with the State Science and Technology Institute, the Tech Council has reinforced the importance of continuing the Regional Innovation program as part of the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act of 2014, also called the FIRST Act. Money from this program has supported initiatives nationally through the I6 Challenge and the Innovation Accelerator Challenge. In Wisconsin, two prominent examples are the Water Accelerator project in Milwaukee and the Center for Dairy Innovation’s “Turbo” project at UW-Madison.

Along with 152 other organizations, the Tech Council joined with the Software Finance and Tax Executives Council in a letter of support for extension of the federal research and development tax credit. The list included organizations similar to the Tech Council in most of the nation’s 50 states.