Electronics and IT industry trade associations consider merging

ARLINGTON, Va., 8 Nov. 2007. Leaders of the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) and the Government Electronics and Information Technology Association (GEIA), both in Arlington, Va., are discussing merging their organizations to blend memberships and programs.

Nov 8th, 2007

ARLINGTON, Va., 8 Nov. 2007. Leaders of the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) and the Government Electronics and Information Technology Association (GEIA), both in Arlington, Va., are discussing merging their organizations to blend memberships and programs.

The resulting organization would represent more than 380 member companies serving the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and other federal, state, and local government agencies; as well as consumers and commercial companies.

The merger would combine GEIA's business development, networking, standards, and market-analysis products and programs with the offerings available through ITAA's Commercial and Public Sector Groups in public policy advocacy, business development, and networking.

"Today's government technology marketplace demands convergence and commercial innovation," says GEIA Chairman Randy Lucas. "Whether focused on electronics or IT, government, or commercial markets, companies should be able to gather in one place to advance the industry and help uphold America's position as the world's innovation headquarters."

Thirty-two government technology contractors belong to the ITAA and GEIA, representing about 30 percent the organizations' combined revenues.

"GEIA's market forecasting reports, government relations and standards programs are extremely complementary to ITAA's offerings, particularly our leading public policy advocacy," says Henry Steininger, incoming ITAA Chairman for 2008. "The merger of these two association leaders would clearly yield a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts."

For more information contact the GEIA online at www.geia.org, or the ITAA at www.itaa.org.

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