Gorge Tech Alliance Newsletter
March 2020

Supporting, connecting and developing the tech community of the Columbia River Gorge.
In This Issue
Geek Lunch
Business Resources
Board Election
CGCC Online Classes
Business Incubator
STEM Resources
Manufacturer Support
Exporter Resources
Job Openings
Foundational Sponsors
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 Events: Apr 21 Virtual Geek Lunch
Join the GTA for a (virtual) Geek Lunch topic celebrating Earth Month in the Gorge! Presenter Eric Strid will discuss how technology disruptions are fundamental to the culture of electronics, but new to energy markets. 
Eric Strid is a retired high-tech entrepreneur and CEO, now working for our children on climate policy. Eric is a co-convener of the Columbia Gorge Climate Action Network, writes The Strid Energy Report, and serves on the Hood River County Energy Council and the boards of npArbor, Inc. and the Green Energy Institute. For full details visit our events page here.
Regional Resources for Business and Workforce COVID-19 Information
Mid-Columbia Economic Development District has created a clearinghouse for COVID-19 related information and resources for business and workforce. This site is updated daily as new information comes available, and will be a good place to watch as details on federal and state (OR and WA) relief are released. Bookmark mcedd.org/ready

Additionally, the Gorge Tech Alliance is here to help our members through this. We can find information, connect you with resources, be your support. Please reach out! 
Annual GTA Board Elections in April
April brings the annual elections for several seats on the GTA Board of Directors. A ballot will be sent to all full members and sponsors for their votes later in the month. If you are interested in joining the Board, contact Ami. Eligibility requires full membership or sponsorship for at least one year. The Board currently meets monthly on the third Wednesday, 3:30-5pm.
CGCC Offers Online Classes
As people throughout the Mid-Columbia confront isolation amid the COVID-19 pandemic, education still overcomes all barriers. And at Columbia Gorge Community College, school isn't out - it's IN.
Online, that is, only a click away at cgcc.edu/here4U.
Are you a high school student with unexpected spare time on your hands?
Or suddenly home from your university dorm, looking for affordable education options?
Or an elder looking to overcome physical isolation?
Have you lost your job, wondering where to turn?
Columbia Gorge Community College is here for you. Starting April 6 with beginning of spring term, the college is offering all standard courses designed specifically for online delivery as well as newly condensed, online five-week credit courses in selected topics.  Read more.
STEM Resources for Home Learning

Need a robot to entertain your scientists at home with you? The GTA is lending out our LEGO Mindstorm EV3 kits (ages 9-14) and LEGO WeDo kits (ages 6-9). Co ntact Ami today! 

Also, check out the Gorge STEM Hub's awesome page for home STEM learning!
Apr 2: Virtual Incubation Program
Offered by the Oregon Technology Business Center (OTBC) and sponsored by the Oregon Community Foundation, this weekly live interactive online training program offers valuable information to help local startup's build and grow their businesses. For more details on this 8 week program click here or contact OTBC.
OMEP Support for Manufacturers
OMEP is offering new resources to support Oregon manufacturers who face challenges associated with Covid-19. Business consultants are available to assist manufacturers with challenges in a variety of ways, including sales impact, financial performance, operational planning and staffing,  supply chain management, leadership and communication planning and more.
  • For more details on business continuity support services, click here.
  • OMEP also offers a timely and relevant webinar series, available here.
U.S. Commerical Service Virtual Resources 
The Commercial Service Virtual Introduction is a great way to start a dialogue between your company and a prospective foreign partner that you have pre-identified.
If you would like the Commercial Service to identify potential partners for your business, the International Partner Search can help you identify up to 5 qualified distributors, agents, representatives, licensees, or other partners that have expressed an interest in partnering with your company. Upon receipt of the report, you may also request virtual introductions with each entity.

Job Openings with GTA Members
Newest jobs in bold!
  • Applied Navigation is seeking a User Interface Developer.
  •  Cardinal IG in Hood River seeks Production Technicians and a Safety Manager.
  • Custom Interface is seeking a Kitting and Inventory Specialist, First Article Tech, Assembly Specialist, and Quality Control Technician.
  • Google - The Dalles has many openings, including a Technical Program Manager, Associate Facilities Tech, Technical Program Manager and more.
  • Insitu has many contractor openings, including Systems Engineer 2, Systems Engineer 3, Support Technician 2, Manager, Technical Publications and more.
  • Overwatch Imaging seeks a Controller, Production Tech, Software Engineer, Senior Imaging Payload Engineer.
  • RADCOMP is seeking a Level 2 Business IT Admin.
  • Real Carbon is seeking a Composite Engineer and CNC Programmer/ Machinist.
  • Sierra-Olympic Technologies is seeking a Software/Firmware Engineer and Manufacturing Production Tech.
  • SIGMADESIGN has several openings in Camas for Project Manager, 
    Junior NetSuite Administrator, Software Engineer, and more.
  • Trillium Engineering is seeking a Human Resources Professional, Quality Engineer, Materials Buyer, Materials Manager, and Manufacturing Technician.
  • Zepher has an opening for a Manufacturing Engineer, Mechatronics Engineer and Supplier Quality Engineer.

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