Today, Austin Tech Alliance announced the launch of a membership drive and a group of founding member companies.

As a member-based 501(c)(6) nonprofit, ATA was founded to promote civic engagement in Austin’s tech sector by educating the tech grassroots on policies that impact them, advocating for tech-forward solutions to community challenges, and activating the tech sector to speak up, participate, and vote.

“I’m so excited to kick off Austin Tech Alliance’s membership drive with this strong group of tech leaders,” said David Edmonson, executive director of ATA. “By joining ATA, these companies are signaling to their employees and the community at large that they want to help build a culture of civic engagement in Austin’s tech sector.”

Founding member companies include:

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.

WP Engine provides the leading digital experiences platform on WordPress that enables enterprises and agencies with the agility, performance, intelligence, and integrations they need to drive their business forward faster.

Capital Factory is Austin’s Center of Gravity for Entrepreneurship, providing startups with the best accelerator and incubator programs and co-working spaces.

data.world is building the most meaningful, collaborative, and abundant data resource in the world.

DivInc is the first pre-accelerator in Texas focused on championing diversity within the tech startup ecosystem.

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Both individuals and companies can join ATA to magnify their voice and create a civically engaged tech community. ATA provides three tiers of membership:

About ATA memberships

  1. Community. A community member receives invitations to free ATA events and updates on ATA’s work connecting policymakers and the grassroots of Austin’s tech sector. Joining is free.
  2. Professional. A professional member receives exclusive content and updates on policy initiatives affecting Austin’s tech sector, networking opportunities with city, state, and tech leaders, and advanced RSVPs to all ATA events. Plus, professional members can vote in polls that help to drive the direction of ATA, ensuring that their policy priorities and preferences are communicated to their elected officials. Annual dues are $25.
  3. Company. When a company becomes an ATA member, it purchases professional memberships for each of its employees and gets access to TechVotes, the nonpartisan ATA initiative aimed at supporting the democratic process and increasing the tech sector’s participation in local, state, and national elections. Annual dues are based on the number of Austin employees.