(formerly the American Electronics Association
) was a nationwide non-profit
trade association that represented all segments of the technology industry. It lobbied governments at the state, federal, and international levels; provided access to capital and business opportunities; and offered select business services and networking programs.
In 2008 the AeA merged with the Information Technology Association of America
(ITAA) to form TechAmerica
AeA was founded in 1943 by David Packard
and 25 of Hewlett-Packard
's suppliers to help lobby for government contracts. It was originally named the West Coast Electronic Manufacturers Association (WCEMA). In 1969, WCEMA changed its name to the Western Electronic Manufacturers Association (WEMA) to reflect the growing membership outside California
. In 1977, the association once again changed its name to the American Electronics Association, in an effort to more accurately represent its 750 members nationwide. A final name change occurred in 2001, as the American Electronics Association was shortened to AeA with the tagline "Advancing the Business of Technology."
AeA has 18 offices across the United States
and has 2 international offices in Brussels
. AeA now has nearly 2,500 corporate members (and the 1.8 million employees they represent nationwide). The membership is drawn from a wide range of high tech sectors, including the aerospace/defense, business related services,... Read More