Gorge Tech Alliance Newsletter
January 2021

Supporting, connecting and developing the tech community of the Columbia River Gorge.
In This Issue
Members and Sponsors
GTA Events
GTA Tech Awards
GTA Board Recruitment
Oregon Tech Awards
Volunteer Opportunities
GTA Partner Events
Job Openings
Premier Sponsors
Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors

 ICE logo
Orbital UAV
Overwatch logo
 Prigel Machine Logo
Real Carbon

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 renewing sponsors:
  • EDF Renewable Services, Silver Sponsor
  • Samuels, Yoelin, Kantor, LLC, Silicon Sponsor
  • Sherman County, Silicon Sponsor

Can't remember all the great reasons to be a member or sponsor? Follow the links for all the details.
Upcoming GTA Events

February 16 @ 12:00 pm | Geek Lunch
| Biodegradable Agricultural Fabrics 

Come learn about innovation, materials development, and agricultural sustainability in the Gorge at the GTA's February Virtual Geek Lunch! Ashley Thomson, tree fruit expert at OSU Extension for Hood River and Wasco counties, will present on her collaboration with Ignatius Kadoma, 3M materials engineer, to develop biodegradable agricultural fabrics. The product they are working on is a biodegradable weed barrier that you can put in orchards, which both reduces the need to apply herbicides and reflects
 light into the tree canopy to support fruit bud development.

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

2020 Tech Award Winners

Please join the GTA in congratulating the winners of the 2020 Tech Awards:
  • Tech Leader of the Year: Rob Coatney, Zepher Flight Labs. Rob is an Aerospace Engineering graduate of the University of Illinois (Champaign/Urbana campus), he has 9 years specific UAV design / build / test experience, and over 25 years designing, building, and flying radio-controlled aircraft in addition to being a licensed Part 107 pilot. Rob is one of the founding employees of ZFL, and he is the company's lead aerospace engineer. Rob was granted the opportunity to direct a $1,000 donation by the GTA on his behalf to a non-profit of his choosing, which he has given to White Salmon Valley Education Foundation.
  • STEM Educator of the Year: Tom Dalbey, May Street Elementary. Tom Dalbey has spearheaded multiple classroom and afterschool initiatives at May Street Elementary School over the past few years, culminating this past year in several programs running simultaneously. The GTA has granted $1,000 to the STEM program at May Street as his award.
Learn more about both of our winners here.
Board Recruitment
The GTA Board of Directors is seeking a new member! Brad Schrick of Insitu has relocated to California and vacated his seat. This seat will be appointed by the Board. Full members/sponsors that have been a member/sponsor for at least one year are eligible to apply. GTA members in all fields (including marketing. design, and remote workers) are encouraged to apply, as are women, minorities, and others traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields.
The GTA board currently meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. The meetings are virtual for the foreseeable future. If you are interested in being considered, or would like to learn more, please reach out to  Alice by February 14th.
Oregon Tech Awards are Open
The Oregon Technology Awards celebrates excellence and achievement in the region's technology industry and honors outstanding individuals with prestigious the Sam Blackman Award (formerly Technology Executive of the Year), Lifetime Achievement, and Tech Champion awards. Learn more and apply here. The deadlines are as follows:
  • February 22, 2021: Sam Blackman Award nomination deadline
  • March 26, 2021: Company nomination deadline
Volunteer Opportunities
The Civil Air Patrol is looking for pilots who are interested in offering flight instruction once it is safe to resume, as well as other volunteers looking to get involved with their group. Contact Capt.  Mauree "Mo" Donahue Revier if interested.

Gorge Tax Aide, which provides free tax preparation and filing for low income and elderly residents, is seeking a tech savvy volunteer(s) to help the tax filing volunteers set up our security document system and our home networks to provide remote tax filing. Contact Stephen Shwiff to learn more.
The GTA is working with  Career Connect Southwest to explore bringing the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee's apprenticeship programs to the Gorge. Interest and engagement of tech employers in the region is a critical component. If you have thoughts about apprenticeships, are interested in providing feedback, or would like to learn more about potential opportunities, please contact Alice.
GTA Partner Events
PNAA | Advance/2021 Conference
  • February 8-11 | Hundreds of decision makers and strategists from the world's most influential aerospace companies attend PNAA's Annual Conference. ADVANCE 2021 will be held in a fully immersive, lifelike virtual forum this year.
Learn more and register here.

PNDC | Supply Chain Opportunities Conference
  • February 16 @ 9:15 amSupply Chain Opportunities Conference online - giving opportunities for more speakers and more connections! These virtual presentations and networking round tables will help companies develop new knowledge, new contacts, and most importantly, new business.
PNDC | Coffee & Conversation: Networking 
  • February 25 @ 10:00 am | Includes updates, innovations, leading voices, and time to connect with peers.  Special guest speaker - U.S. Congressman Kurt Schrader.
Learn more  about these and other events and register here.
Job Openings with GTA Members
Newest jobs in bold! 
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