TTA Board Update August 2020

Update from Your Executive Director

As I continue in my new role as your Executive Director, I thought it would be good to highlight a few initiatives of the Texas Telephone Association outside of our public affairs and media advocacy.

Foundation

Over 20 years ago, our association created The Texas Telephone Association Foundation — a non-profit, philanthropic organization founded to help further the understanding of telephony and promoting telecommunications as a career choice.

The TTA Foundation is focused on fostering a greater understanding of how important reliable, efficient telecommunications infrastructure is to the Texas economy. Committed to promoting education and research in telephony, and to promoting the field of telephony as a professional career choice, the Foundation sponsors and promotes lectures, seminars, and other instructional endeavors and grants scholarships to Texas high school students each year.

Deserving high school seniors from across Texas receive these scholarships each year, and the scholarship covers part of the cost for four years of college. Scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year will be awarded soon. Opportunities to support the foundation and its mission are also available later this summer in the form of an online silent auction, and other contributions are always welcome. If you would like to request more information about the foundation, or request a speaker to discuss telecommunications careers, please contact us at info@tta.org.

Political Action

Another outreach initiative of our association is the TTA Political Action Committee. While PACs often get bad treatment by the political media, they are an essential, and transparent, way for our member companies’ employees to participate in their local political process.

The TTA PAC is a proactive way to support our government relations efforts around the state. It helps us financially support candidates who will support our companies and our public policy priorities. It also illustrates how TTA is a visible player in the political arena and that we take our role as the voice of a connected rural Texas very seriously.

The TTA PAC is funded by the generosity of our member employees and other private citizens who support TTA’s efforts. We do not solicit, nor do we accept any corporate money.

Our PAC is closely regulated by the Texas Ethics Commission. We prepare timely reports disclosing who has contributed money or other items to the PAC, and in turn which candidates the PAC supports. Our support of Federal candidates for Congress and the United States Senate follow strict guidelines as well.

You will be receiving further information about our PAC and some new initiatives it will sponsor. As we begin to expand its presence, we will be offering TTA members and employees new opportunities to plug into our local elected officials and to have a say about where our political money is spent. Stay tuned.

As you may have heard, the TXConnect Summit has been modified and will now be a one-day virtual event. Several of the important events from the previous three-day schedule will be presented on August 18. Other events will be presented in virtual form in monthly TXConnect virtual events going forward. You can still register for these virtual events and continue to support your TTA.

Mark Seale, Executive Director
Texas Telephone Association
mseale@tta.org

It is the goal of TTA to build stronger relationships and have open communication between all its members. Your story is real. Your story is important. Your story makes a difference. Our goal is to hear and share your story with folks in Austin, Texas, and Washington, D.C.

TTA Board of Directors