New Executive Director Poised to Showcase Vibrant Tech Centers in West, Southwest
Denver, CO —Coalition for a Connected West (CCW) is proud to announce and welcome Michael Price as its new executive director.
The Coalition for a Connected West serves as a voice for 21st century technology consumers and innovators in the West and Southwest including Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. The non-profit organization works to foster an environment that encourages investment in communications infrastructure and promotes policies that drive innovation to meet consumers’ needs.
“In the world of technology and innovation, the focus is often on the coasts—Silicon Valley, Seattle, New York and Washington, DC,” said Price. “But here in the West and Southwest regions we know that a vibrant technology community is contributing significantly to the high tech machine that’s powering today’s economy. I’m proud to lead the Coalition for a Connected West to provide a voice for high tech consumers and the innovators that are changing our lives.”
In fact, Bloomberg Businessweek recently released its rankings of the top ten cities for startups in America, with Boulder, CO taking the top spot while startups in Arizona and Colorado are competing with those in Silicon Valley for venture capital funding to be the next Instagram and Pinterest.
“There’s an inspirational and empowering story to tell from start-ups, entrepreneurs, large companies, investors, policymakers and consumers about the current state and future vision of technological innovation in our region,” said Price. “CCW stands ready to serve as a resource on tech issues for industry leaders, policymakers, and consumers alike. I look forward to serving as a convener for all of these communities to tell their stories and ensure that our region remains a ripe environment for innovation to flourish.”
Price has over a decade of experience in strategic services, building a career focused on legislative and issue advocacy. He is the founder of the Quantum Politics, a media-consulting firm, where he specialized in emerging technologies, traditional communications and grassroots mobilization. Price has run issue and candidate campaigns at the federal, state and local levels across the country and has managed communications for several public officials in Washington, D.C. and New York.
Price’s background is a good fit to advance CCW’s mission to educate consumers, elected officials, and other leaders about the power of technology. “I look forward to working with the coalition’s existing and future partners and allies to continue advocating for public policies that foster innovation, private investment, and promote connectedness in the West and Southwest,” he said.