The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) recognizes the strong support by U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, to help create new jobs through an innovative and competitive world economy. In appreciation of his work during the past year, ITI has named Matheson Legislator of the Year.
"Representative Matheson understands America's ability to innovate is crucial to America's ability to create jobs here at home and compete with the rest of the world. His has demonstrated, time and again, his bipartisan leadership to give the private sector the tools it needs to put people to work, develop cutting-edge products, and grow the economy," said Dean Garfield, President and CEO.
ITI presented Matheson with the award at its board meeting this week in Washington, D.C. ITI is the premier voice, advocate, and thought leader for the information and communications technology industry. The organization is widely recognized as the tech industry's most effective advocacy organization in Washington, D.C., and in foreign capitals around the world.
"At the core of Representative Matheson's efforts is the determination to create a business climate that fosters job creation and preserves our worldwide competiveness. He understands that we need first-class minds, first-class facilities, and a first-class commitment to an innovation economy to compete with the rest of the world," Garfield said.
Upon receiving the award, Matheson said," Utah's high-tech community is a strong driver of job creation in my state. They can compete with anyone in the world, as long as they have the freedom to pursue their ideas. I value their input and appreciate their willingness to stay in touch with me about policies that support what they do."