June 29, 2016

WASHINGTON – ITI, the global voice of the tech sector, released a statement today reacting to presumptive Democratic presidential candidate nominee Hillary Clinton’s Initiative on Technology and Innovation. ITI President and CEO Dean Garfield commended Clinton for her focus on technology issues as an economic driver and path to job creation, and challenged other presidential candidates, including presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, to lay out their visions for America’s innovation future.

“The pathway to prosperity for our nation will be paved by investing in people, entrepreneurship, and innovation,” said ITI President and CEO Dean Garfield. “Secretary Clinton should be credited for focusing on and supporting many of the key policy pillars to prosperity endorsed by the tech sector in our first-ever Innovation Platform to the presidential candidates.”

“However, if Secretary Clinton is truly in it to win it we encourage her to embrace the other key elements of the platform, including two components that are key to economic growth—modernizing our tax code so it is not a drag on job creation, and supporting strong, fair, market access agreements like the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). We look forward to working with Secretary Clinton and her team to strengthen her tech initiative and encourage Donald Trump to get in the game,” Garfield said.

More than a dozen technology trade groups joined together last month to offer a first-ever Innovation Platform to the presidential candidates. The #VoteTech2016 platform includes recommendations on a broad swath of issues to promote innovation, economic growth and job creation.

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