TechAmerica, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Technology Executives Open NASDAQ Stock Market

 TechAmerica, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Technology Executives Open NASDAQ
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  PR Newswire

  CHICAGO, Nov. 14, 2011

CHICAGO, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In continuation with ongoing efforts to
raise visibility for the high-tech industry in Illinois, TechAmerica, Governor
Pat Quinn and more than 50 Illinois high-tech executives will convene in New
York City on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 to open the NASDAQ Stock Market. The
event, arranged by TechAmerica, will also emphasize the association's Illinois
Tech Index (NASDAQ: ILTI), and the winners of the 2011 Chicago Innovation

"As the nation's largest technology advocacy organization, TechAmerica and our
members continue to lead efforts to promote our industry and support
innovation in Illinois and throughout the United States," said T. Kendall
Hunt, Chairman, CEO, VASCO Data Security, Inc., and Chairman, TechAmerica
Midwest. "Illinois' outstanding companies, universities, talent pool, R&D
capabilities, and quality of life make the state a unique and attractive place
to do business."

"Illinois is proud to be home to some of the world's most innovative
companies," Governor Quinn said. "We know that jobs follow brainpower and to
attract that brainpower, you need to create an environment where the
entrepreneurs that drive the 21st century economy can get what they need to
make the next big ideas of the future a reality."

In May 2008, TechAmerica and The NASDAQ Stock Market unveiled the Illinois
Tech Index (NASDAQ: ILTI), the first statewide public technology index in the
United States. The public-private partnership, supported by the Department of
Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Grant Thornton LLP, Baker & McKenzie, and
the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization (iBIO), tracks all public
companies headquartered in Illinois from major sectors including high tech
manufacturing, information technology, biotech, alternative fuels, and life

"Our index and annual NASDAQ event demonstrates TechAmerica's ongoing
commitment to promoting Illinois' high-tech industry and its critical impact
on our state and national economy," said Ed Longanecker, Executive Director
and Regional Vice President, TechAmerica Midwest. "TechAmerica and our members
are focused on supporting policies and initiatives to promote our industry and
create a business environment in Illinois that is conducive to innovation and
high quality job growth."

Attending executives represent many of Illinois' leading technology companies
and employers, including both emerging companies and many of Illinois' most
influential innovators. Participating companies and organizations include:

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDRX); Adage Technologies;
Appolicious; Baker & McKenzie LLP; Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (NASDAQ:
CCMP); Callibra; CDW; Chicago Innovation Awards; Elkay; Fresh Moves; Grant
Thornton LLP; Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity; Intel
Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC); Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW); Level-(1)
Global Solutions, LLC; Market Strategy Group; Merge Healthcare Incorporated
(NASDAQ: MRGE); Molex Incorporated (NASDAQ: MOLX); Nanophase Technologies
Corporation (NASDAQ: NANX); Narrative Science; Navman Wireless; PCTEL, Inc.
(NASDAQ: PCTI); Red Frog Events; Silicon Valley Bank; SNTial Technologies;
State of Illinois; Supply-Chain Services, Inc. (SSI); TechAmerica; Tellabs,
Inc. (NASDAQ: TLAB); Telular Corporation (NASDAQ: WRLS); Tripp Lite; Trustwave
Holdings, Inc.; VASCO Data Security International Inc. (NASDAQ: VDSI); World
Bicycle Relief; and Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA).

TechAmerica continues to lead targeted workforce, economic development, and
legislative initiatives to elevate Illinois' position as a leading technology
employer and innovator. TechAmerica is also a proud sponsor of the annual
Chicago Innovation Awards and is pleased to promote the winners of 2011, all
of which will be participating in the Illinois NASDAQ market open.

2011 Chicago Innovation Awards winners:

There were more than 400 nominations for the Chicago Innovation Awards this
year, an all-time high, with more than 1400 people attending the full-house
event at Chicago's Harris Theater on November 8, 2011.

Award Winners

The People's Choice Award was presented to the mobile grocery store with a
heart, Fresh Moves. By retrofitting a CTA bus into a one-aisle produce market
on wheels, Fresh Moves bring organization and local produce at affordable
prices to Chicago's West Side, bringing financial, social, and environmental
benefit to the neighborhoods they serve.

The winners of the 10th annual Chicago Innovation Awards are:

  *Red Frog Events
  *Navman Wireless' Qtanium
  *Illinois Tool Works' Global Capless
  *Tripp Lite's SRCOOL12K Portable AC Unit
  *Elkay's EZH2O
  *World Bicycle Relief's Buffalo Bicycles
  *Callibra's Discharge 1-2-3 Composer
  *Trustwave's TrustKeeper
  *Narrative Science

Recognition of the region's vibrant start-up community came through the
Chicago Innovation Awards expanded Up-and Comer Program, done in partnership
with J.B. Pritzker and Matt McCall of the venture capital firm New World
Ventures. Ten local startups were recognized on stage.

  *Clean Urban Energy
  *Excelerate Labs

About TechAmerica

TechAmerica is the leading voice for the U.S. technology industry – the
driving force behind productivity growth and jobs creation in the United
States and the foundation of the global innovation economy. Representing
approximately 1,000 member companies of all sizes from the public and
commercial sectors of the economy, it is the industry's largest advocacy
organization and is dedicated to helping members' top and bottom lines.
TechAmerica is also the technology industry's only grassroots-to-global
advocacy network, with offices in state capitals around the United States,
Washington, D.C., Europe (Brussels) and Asia (Beijing). Learn more about
TechAmerica at

SOURCE TechAmerica

Contact: CONTACT: Stephanie Craig, +1-202-682-4443 or, or Ed Longanecker, +1-630-282-4332 or
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