Membership

CATA is the premier information technology association in eastern New York and western New England.

There are many member benefits – some of the primary ones are:IMG_0307

  • The opportunity to meet decision makers in a very enjoyable, non-sales environment;
  • Vendor members are listed on our site with links to your web site and social media;
  • Vendor members can contribute white papers that are featured on our blog, and can post jobs and events;
  • Vendor members can sponsor meetings where they have an opportunity to have a table at the event, and offer a few remarks at the beginning of the meeting; and
  • To further your understanding of a broad range of technology products and services.

Our membership has grown to include over 450 User Members, of which over 150 work in technology roles for New York State, and over 450 Vendor Members consisting of voice, data, and video vendors and consultants. CATA currently counts some of the premiere technology companies as members, as well as an assortment of leading corporations, state agencies and universities in the Capital Region. We usually have around 80 people attend our lunches, with about 40 users.

Our monthly meetings are held from September through June. During these meetings, we learn about technology, exchange ideas, meet prospective vendors or customers, and build new business relationships.


Networking and socializing is an important aspect of our mission. Our meetings are held in a variety of formats to offer different opportunities for networking with your peers. Some meetings are during the day, while some are after hours in a “mixer” format. Our December meeting is set aside for a holiday dinner party for members only, and June is reserved for the annual golf tournament.

“CATA is like our own “Linked In” – where you keep in touch with your fellow professionals, and keep track of where they work!” – Peter G., Hosted Computing Solutions

Member Levels

User Members

The CATA User Membership level is only available to those individuals involved in the procurement, recommendation and/or use of technology hardware, software and/or services. Those individuals approved for CATA User Membership are entitled to attend regularly scheduled meetings at no charge. Special events such as the annual Holiday Party and Golf Outing may require the User Member to pay a fee. The User Membership Level is not available to Vendors who recommend (consult for a fee), sell, implement or service technology hardware, software or services.

Vendor Members

The Capital Area Technology Association is supported by Vendors involved in the sale, installation, service, distribution and/or recommendation of Technology related hardware, software or services. There are multiple membership levels available. CATA and the CATA User Community appreciate Vendor support.

Basic Vendor

The Basic Vendor Membership allows up to two people per organization to attend meetings and events. Basic Vendor Members also receive a listing on our Vendor Member Page and a link to their home page and social media, the opportunity to sponsor meetings and events and address the CATA membership, to contribute articles and white papers to our blog, the opportunity to participate in panel discussions, and reduced meeting fees. Basic members pay an annual fee of $200 and an additional $25 per meeting/person for meetings they attend. There is an additional charge to attend special events, such as the Holiday Party and the Golf Outing. Meeting Sponsorship is $250/event, and includes the opportunity to briefly address the CATA membership. Participation in panel discussions is subject to selection made by CATA board.

Vendor Comprehensive I

The Vendor Comprehensive I Membership Level includes all the benefits of the Basic Vendor Membership, and includes the fee for the Annual CATA Golf Outing. The annual fee for the Comprehensive I Membership is $330 and the monthly meeting fee is $25 per person.

Vendor Comprehensive II

The Vendor Comprehensive II Membership Level includes all the benefits of the Basic Vendor Membership and includes the monthly meeting fees for one attendee for all CATA regularly scheduled monthly meetings. The annual fee for the Comprehensive II Membership is $415. Each additional attendee from the member’s organization pays the $25 per meeting charge for attending regularly scheduled monthly meetings.

Vendor Comprehensive III

The Vendor Comprehensive III Membership Level includes all the benefits of the Basic Vendor Membership, the monthly meeting fee for one attendee for all CATA regularly scheduled monthly meetings, and the Annual CATA Golf Outing. The annual fee for the Comprehensive III Membership is $555. Each additional attendee from the member’s organization pays the $25 per meeting charge for attending regularly scheduled monthly meetings.

Non-Member Vendors

Non-Member Vendors may attend regularly scheduled CATA monthly meetings for $50 per person. A non-member vendor may not participate in CATA meetings, vote at the CATA Annual Meeting or address the CATA membership.