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Two nonprofit groups representing the state’s technology industry are joining forces in a move that has sea.citi merging with the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA), according to an announcement today from WTIA.

Sea.citi will retain its brand and mission and be governed by a WTIA steering committee that will initially consist of current sea.citi board members, WTIA said.

“Joining WTIA provides sea.citi a tremendous opportunity to continue to build stronger community ties with the tech workforce,” sea.citi board President Eileen Sullivan said in a statement. “Our region is at an inflection point as we recover from the pandemic. After four successful years of tapping into the expertise and energy of tech and innovation workers, we think WTIA has the leadership and resources to take sea.citi to the next level. WTIA is a strong advocate for the tech industry and tech workers, and we are confident that this partnership will continue to bolster collaboration in our community.”

Sea.citi’s members include 16 tech companies representing more than 150,000 local workers. The organization, which launched in 2018, says it increases civic involvement within the tech workforce by engaging in local elections through nonpartisan content, workshops, and get-out-the-vote campaigns. It also has helped distribute nearly $500,000 to local education programs focused on digital equity and career-connected learning, the announcement said. Seated at the intersection of tech and community, sea.citi says it’s driving important conversations about building a stronger, more vibrant, and equitable region for all.

Michael Schutzler, CEO of WTIA, added that sea.citi has made a significant impact in the region, driving community engagement within the tech sector and serving as an influential voice on key civic issues.

“There are many synergies between our organizations, including our focus on activating the tech community and building pathways for action in the private and public sectors,” Schutzler said. “We are proud to carry forward sea.citi initiatives that build civic engagement and productive working relationships among technology companies, government agencies and community-based organizations.”

WTIA is a consortium that includes a not-for-profit member trade association, a not-for-profit tech apprenticeship intermediary (Apprenti), and a for-profit corporation providing business services (HRBI). The organization’s mission is to foster a robust, equity-centered technology sector that empowers thriving communities.