Gorge Tech Alliance Newsletter
November 2020

Supporting, connecting and developing the tech community of the Columbia River Gorge.
In This Issue
Members and Sponsors
GTA Annual Awards
GTA Events
Youth Robotics
Strategic Energy Management
Solar Powered Broadband
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 and sponsors:
  • Insitu, Premier Sponsor
  • Elliot Powell Baden and Baker, Gold Sponsor
  • SigmaDesign , Gold Sponsor 
  • Innovative Composite Engineering, Siliver Sponsor
  • Prigel Machine, Silver Sponsor 

  • Silicon Forest Electronics, Silver Sponsor

  • Zepher, Silver Sponsor
  • Blaisdell Consulting, Silicon Sponsor
  • Columbia Gorge Community College, Silicon Sponsor
  • Jentay Group, Silicon Sponsor
  • Applied Navigation
  • Business Oregon
  • Double Strand Consulting
  • Eggkrate Custom Computing
  • Jason Christopher
  • Port of Klickitat
  • Port of Skamania
  • Northern Wasco County PUD
  • Hood River County Library
  • Mt Hood Meadows
  • Mid-Columbia Children's Council
  • Percona
  • Suzanne Burd, Associate Member

Can't remember all the great reasons to be a member or sponsor? Follow the links for all the details.
2020 GTA  Annual Awards Finalists and Voting Open
The GTA's annual awards program is now open for voting!

Most importantly we'd like to thank you for your continued support, and extend our appreciation to all of our educators who are working under particularly trying circumstances. Thanks!

The GTA Board narrowed it down to two finalists from the nominations provided for each of our two categories. 
  • Tech Leader of the Year: Rob Coatney of Zepher Flight Labs and Sierra Olympic Technologies
  • STEM Educator of the Year: Ajay Rundell of The Dalles High School/Dry Hollow Elementary and Tom Dalbey of May Street Elementary. 
Please review the information on each of the deserving candidates and share your vote here. All employees at our GTA members are encouraged to vote, but please only one vote per person!

The GTA will give the STEM Educator of the Year $1000 for their work and the Tech Leader of the year will have the opportunity to direct a $1000 donation by the GTA on their behalf to a non-profit of their choice.

Thanks again for your time and support. Happy Holidays!

Voting will close on Friday, December 11th at 4pm.  You can vote here.   
Upcoming GTA Events
December 15 @ 12:00 pm | Geek Lunch | Overwatch Imaging

Overwatch Imaging builds multispectral aerial sensor systems with on-board image processing software. In this session, Niko Peha, Aerial Imaging Specialist, will discuss their 2020 work utilizing this technology to map wildfires during this unprecedented fire season across the west.

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

Youth Robotics: Registration Open + Kits Available!
ORTOP has announced that qualifying tournaments will be held virtually in April of 2021, and teams still have time to form and sign up! Please visit the ORTOP website for more information, to register, or to apply for grants to cover registration fees. 

Additionally, the GTA still has a few loaner kits and laptops available for teams looking to participate in the 2020/2021 season.  Get in touch with ami@crgta.org if you are interested in checking one out.  
Strategic Energy Management Program
Commercial SEM is a cohort-driven model that helps participants look at how building occupants and staff use energy by examining the building systems, equipment, operating procedures and occupant behaviors. SEM focuses on no- and low-cost operations and maintenance improvements that deliver energy savings. Attend workshops offered in-person or virtually to learn best practices for integrating energy management and receive templates, examples, tools and support from energy coaches with a range of technical and organizational expertise. It is available for Pacific Power and Northwest Natural customers.  Learn more about the program here.
Solar-powered Trailers Help Fill Internet Dead Zones in Sherman County
Sherman County is turning to sun-powered trailers to fill gaps in high-speed internet coverage, according to a recently published OPB article.

The coronavirus brought a new sense of urgency to the long-standing issue of bringing rural communities online. As distance learning, remote work and telemedicine took root this spring, some Sherman County residents were still relying on satellite internet or even dial-up. The challenge facing Sherman County and areas like it is both geographic and topographic. Read the article by Bradley W. Park featuring Sherman County Judge Joe Dabulskis and GTA staff Carrie Pipinich here.

*Pictured right, Sherman County Judge Joe Dabulskis in Moro, Ore. Photo courtesy of Bradley W. Park 
GTA Partner Events
PNAA | 12th Annual Holiday Party
  • December 4 @ 2:00 pm | PNAA will host their 12th Annual Holiday party on December 4. This will be a great time to reflect back on the year and spend quality time with friends, both old and new in the aerospace industry.  
Learn more and register here.

PNDC | Transatlantic Aerospace & Defense Summit
  • December 3 @ 7:00 amHosted by the Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition and the British-American Business Connections and presented by Boeing, this summit will explore the state of the U.S., UK, and European aerospace and defense sectors, and supply chain opportunities. Speakers will share supply chain intelligence, insights into the global industry recovery, perspectives on the future of air travel post-COVID-19, and more.
PNDC | Power Digital Transformation with SAP on Azure
  • December 9 @ 10:00 amMicrosoft and SAP teamed up to simplify and optimize integration between the Azure cloud and SAP ERP and HANA solutions. Approyo and Atmosera have joined forces to continue the partnership and extend capabilities of SAP on Azure. Learn how SAP on Azure can advance your digital transformation with more scalability, reliability, and business intelligence than other IT infrastructures.
Learn more  about these and other events and register here.

OMEP | Protecting your Business from Cybersecurity Threats During COVID-19
Learn more and register here.

Job Openings with GTA Members
Newest jobs in bold! 
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