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Tech Trade Groups to Merge

Kim Hart

Two large technology trade associations have announced plans to merge, potentially creating a new tech lobbying powerhouse in Washington.

The AeA, formerly known as the American Electronics Association, and the Information Technology Association of America, the ITAA, are planning to merge memberships and programs. The combined group is trying to become the premier technology association in both size and clout.

"With a new administration and Congress on the horizon in Washington, it's critical for the industry to present a united front," said ITAA Chairman Hank Steininger.

AeA represents the high-tech industry, including software, telecom and semiconductor companies, and lobbies governments at the state, federal and international level. The ITAA represents IT and electronics companies. Earlier this year, it merged with the Government Electronics and Information Technology Association. Public policy advocacy is one of its areas of expertise, and it represents a wide variety of Internet, software and hardware companies.

The boards voted yesterday to enter discussions about the merger, so a final name has not been decided on. The combined association would have more than 2,000 members.

By Kim Hart  |  September 11, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  | Category:  Kim Hart
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