I am proud to announce that Steadfast Networks is now a part of the Illinois Technology Association. The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) is a driving force behind the growth of Illinois' vibrant technology industry. ITA’s agenda is simple – grow technology companies by fostering deep collaboration among the diverse industry all in support of developing the ecosystem necessary to foster the success of member companies. All the while tirelessly advocating for the industry to raise the awareness of Illinois as a leading technology community. ITA's philanthropic arm, the Illinois Technology Foundation, is earnestly involved in the Chicago Academy for Advanced Technology (CAAT). The CAAT is a Chicago high school, run in collaboration with the Center for Polytechnical Education, the City of Chicago, private sector leaders, and entrepreneurs. ITA mentors students in the program through an established program providing a minimum of monthly meetings and guidance. The students, who have shown an interest and ability in technology, are supported and encouraged to continue their education in technology, building the future of the technology industry leadership in Illinois. Overall, we feel our membership in this organization will help in improve the IT environment in Illinois and innovation throughout Illinois through fostering entrepreneurship and helping to develop our next generation of IT workers. We are proud to help with these types of activities and are happy to be a more active member of the Illinois IT community.