Gorge Tech Alliance Newsletter
August 2020

Supporting, connecting and developing the tech community of the Columbia River Gorge.
In This Issue
GTA Events
Member Spotlight
Member News
Youth Robotics
WA Manufacturers
GTA Partner Events
Job Openings
Premier Sponsors
Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors

 ICE logo
Orbital UAV
Overwatch logo
 Prigel Machine Logo
Real Carbon

Sightline Applications

Silicon Sponsors
 Chernoff Vilhauer LLP logo

Columbia River Insurance logo
Jentay Group


Port of Hood River
R.L. Blaisdell Consulting

Silicon Forest Electronics
Tech Talent Link
GTA Members and Sponsors
Thank you to our new and renewing members!
  • Amazon Web Services, Tech Company Member
Upcoming GTA Events
September 1 @ 8:30 am | Human Resources/ Recruiters Coffee

Human resources/ recruiting staff of our member companies are invited to this bi-monthly networking event. Attendance is restricted to HR staff of GTA Members and an RSVP to Carrie is required. 

September 3 @ 6:30 pm | GWSTEM Speed Networking

Join us for Speed Networking! We will utilize Zoom breakout rooms to facilitate networking in small groups. This is a great opportunity to connect with other women in STEM in the Gorge. Registration is required.

September 23 @ 4:00 pm | Tech Showcase

Save the date for our fourth annual Gorge Tech Showcase! The Tech Showcase highlights our strong regional tech hub to an audience of tech enthusiasts and job seekers from around and beyond the Gorge. Details and tickets here.

October 14 @ 5:30 pm |Chasing Grace Drive-In Screening | Boss Ladies
The Gorge Technology Alliance and Gorge Women in STEM are hosting a drive-in screening of Episode #3 of the Chasing Grace Project.  The event will bring filmmaker Jennifer Cloer to share the final episode in the series.
Full details, including COVID-19 safety protocols and ticket information here.

Visit the GTA events page for full details on all  our upcoming events. 

Member Spotlight: Elliott, Powell, Baden & Baker Inc. 
Elliott, Powell, Baden & Baker, Inc. (EPBB) is one of the largest locally owned, full service insurance agencies in Oregon. They have a business model based on happy employees, providing superior service and growth by striving to continually get better.  EPBB has been named a Top Workplace in the state of Oregon by the Oregonian six of the last ten years. Read more here.
GTA Member News

Silicon Forest Electronics Featured in PNAA Factory Fridays

Silicon Forest Electronics was the featured company in the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance "Factory Fridays" tour on August 7. These virtual networking events allow people to network virtually, share a bit about their company and build powerful business connections. You can learn more and watch the factory tour here.
Team Registration is Open for FIRST Lego League
Is your team ready to play FIRST Game Changers powered by Star Wars: Force for Change? 
Team registration is open for FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge is open in the  FIRST DashboardEveryone at FIRST is working hard to ensure they will be able to provide every student participant a valuable, enjoyable experience, regardless of learning environment this season!

And then be sure to contact the GTA about borrowing our robots/ laptops for free to support your team!  
Programs Available for Washington Manufacturers
STEP Grant Voucher Program

The Washington State Department of Commerce's State Export Voucher Program (STEP), funded in part by the US Small Business Administration, seeks to support eligible small businesses and grow their export. STEP can reimburse part of your international sales activities up to $5,000 ($6,000 for COVID-19 exceptions). To see if you are eligible and find what activities qualify for a voucher, contact Amandine Crabtree at 206-485-8541 or here. 

Impact Washington | No-Cost Return to Work Assessment

As the state's COVID-19 curve continues to flatten, 
Impact Washington, a nonprofit organization supporting manufacturers, has begun providing no-cost readiness assessments to help manufacturers prepare to get back to work. The Return to Work Assessment includes a no-cost, full or half-day virtual site visit with a consultant followed quickly by a thoughtful action plan to ensure a smooth restart of your business as soon as possible. To set up an assessment, contact Impact Washington here or call 425-438-1146.
GTA Partner Events
Oregon Leave Programs for Employers
  • August 26, 11 am | The Mid-Columbia Economic Resiliency Team along with their regional and state partner present this training webinar. Experts for Oregon State Dept of Labor, Bureau of Labor and Industries and OSHA will provide an overview of state and federal regulations regarding employee sick and medical leave. 
Learn more about this and other upcoming business training opportunities here

Multi-Dimensional Security in Azure: Atmosera Managed Detect & Respond
  • September 2, 10:00 am | Are you maximizing the security of your cloud environment to protect critical data and business functions? Truly comprehensive security requires constant monitoring and analysis from a highly skilled team of security experts.

Learn more and register here

Save the Date: PNAA's 20th Annual Aerospace Conference | ADVANCE/2021 - Changing Our Flight Plan, Engineering the Road to Recovery
  • February 9-11, 2021 | Mark your calendar for PNAA's annual aerospace conference. PNAA is gearing up for what may be the most interesting conference to date, as the aerospace industry continues to shift through current events. 
Watch for updates here

AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020 - All Things Unmanned | Virtual Education and Exhibits
  • October 5-8, 2020 | XPONENTIAL 2020 is the global stage for everything unmanned - from state-of-the-art propulsion technology, sensors, energy storage and UAS mitigation solutions to what's coming over the horizon in AI, 5G, edge computing and more. 
Learn more and register here

Job Openings with GTA Members
Newest jobs in bold! 
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