Gorge Tech Alliance Newsletter
October 2020

Supporting, connecting and developing the tech community of the Columbia River Gorge.
In This Issue
Members and Sponsors
GTA Annual Awards
GTA Events
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:

  • Beth Alcouloumre, Associate Member
  • Stanley Heinemann/Energy Conversion Consulting (retired), Tech Company Member
  • Dana Meyer Consulting, Service Provider Member
  • Ken Levy, Associate Member
  • Jeff Nicol, Associate Member
  • Gary Ashbridge, Associate Member 
  • Loschnigg Consulting, LLC, Tech Company Member
  • Phoenix LiDAR Systems, Tech Company Member
  • ExcelTech Inc., Tech Company 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 Call for Nominations
The GTA's annual Gorge Tech Awards program is now open for nominations! Since everything looks a little different in 2020, the GTA is changing things up with our annual Tech Awards too. We can't celebrate with the award winners in person this year, so instead of throwing our Winter Party,  the GTA will donate $1,000 to a non-profit of the winner's choice in honor of the Tech Leader's contribution to the Gorge tech community in 2020 in addition to the $1,000 contribution for our STEM Education Leader of the Year's efforts! Please consider nominating a company, individual or educator you think has made an important contribution to the tech community in the Gorge in the last year!  The two annual awards categories are:


Tech Leader of the Year recognizing outstanding achievement on the part of an individual or company that principally provides technology products, services, or support in the Columbia River Gorge. 


STEM Education Leader of the Year recognizing an individual for outstanding contributions to STEM education in the Columbia River Gorge.

Nominations must be received by November 16 to be considered. This year, we are calling upon our membership to help select the winners by voting for a winner from our finalists. More details on the voting to come! Full details and nomination applications available here.   
Chasing Grace Episode 3: Boss Ladies
The drive-in screening of Chasing Grace Episode 3: Boss Ladies on October 14 allowed us to hold our first socially distanced event.  A big thank you to our panelists Dr. Marta Yera Cronin, president of  Columbia Gorge Community College, Christy Grimm, Project Engineer at Insitu, and Robin Allen, entrepreneur and professional wardrobe stylist/shopper. They covered a variety of topics, including the changing nature of work during the pandemic, imposter syndrome and growing moments in their respective career paths. We would also like to thank our panel moderator Maza Brady and the GWSTEM leadership team for their efforts in making this event a success.
Upcoming GTA Events
November 19 @ 12:00 pm | CEO Excellence Forum | Start to Exit: The Story and Learnings

Ken Levy, a co-founder of 4-Tell, will speak about his experience with the company. After its acquisition by SearchSpring in the summer of 2020, Ken was with the company for its full life-cycle, from start up to exit. Attendance limited to CEOs and upper level managers of GTA members.  Rsvp to Carrie required. 

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

National Cyber Security Awareness Month 
National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) - celebrated every October - was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources, they need be safe and secure online. NIST has partnered with other federal agencies to help raise awareness about cybersecurity and engage with public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about cybersecurity, provide them with tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the Nation in the event of a cyber incident.
Even though October is nearing its end, you can still access great information by viewing the National Cyber Security Alliance's videos and other resources, publications, and tip sheets.
GTA Partner Events
MCEDD | Virtual 2020 Columbia Gorge Economic Symposium 
  • November 6 @ 8:30 a.m. | Join the discussion on impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, current and future economic trends and data, and adaptations that increase the resiliency of our region in the face of an uncertain future. This event will feature Anne Kubisch, President of the Ford Family Foundation, as keynote speaker. Additional presentations include a panel of key industry leaders, including Jill Nickerson, VP of Finance and Administration, Zepher Inc. representing the tech industry, and Oregon and Washington statewide and local economists.
Learn more and register here.

MCEDD | Business Resiliency Training Sessions
  • MCEDD, in partnership with the Columbia Gorge Community College Small Business Development Center, Sherman County, and The Dalles Area, Condon, Hood River County and Maupin Area Chambers , is hosting a series of business resiliency training sessions through May 2021. All events will be online, free, and open to all participants, regardless of where your business is located.
Click here for details on all of the sessions, the schedule and to register.

PNAA | ADVANCE/2021 |Changing our Flight Plan | Engineering the Road to Recovery
  • February 8-11 2021 | ADVANCE/2021 is gearing up to be PNAA's most engaging conference to date, as they are planning for both in-person and the highest quality virtual conference experience.  Early-bird pricing is now available for attendee registration.
Learn more and register here.

PNDC | Responding to Federal RFPs
  • November 6 @ 9:00 amBID Designs will share strategies to ensure you deliver the very best product to your government customer. By the end of this session, you will gain insight into producing a compliant, professional, and high-quality proposal.
PNDC | Annual Celebration 
  • November 12 @ 10:00 am | Join PNDC for a day of virtual technology displays and demonstrations, high-caliber speakers, and special awards while networking with business leaders. 
Learn more  about these and other events and register here.

Job Openings with GTA Members
Newest jobs in bold! 
  • Cardinal IG in Hood River seeks a Production Technician.
  • Google - The Dalles is seeking a Program Manager Lead Time Reduction and Process Improvement, a Postmortem Lead Program Manager, Program Manager Data Center Environmental Health and Safety and more.
  • Insitu has many new openings, including Production Planner 3, Quality Management Systems (QMS) Analyst, Insitu CAV Analyst and more.
  • MCEDD is seeking a part time and full time Bus Driver.
  • Mt Hood Meadows seeks a Lift Mechanic Technician, IT Systems Administrator, Cooper Spur Ski Area Operations Manager and more.
  • Overwatch Imaging seeks an Imaging Payload Mechanical Engineer, Electro-Optical Engineering Technician, Director of Product Realization and more.
  • RADCOMP is seeking a Level 1 Technician, Level 2 Technician and Level 3 Technician.
  • Real Carbon is seeking a Programmer/ Machinist.
  • Sierra-Olympic Technologies is seeking a Manufacturing Production Tech. 
  • Sightline Applications is seeking an Embedded Software Engineer in Hood River or Portland.
  • SIGMADESIGN has an opening in Gresham for a Production Technician and a Procurement Engineer in Camas.
  • Trillium Engineering is seeking an Accounting Manager, Software Engineer, Manufacturing Technician and more.
  • Zepher has an opening for an Advanced Programs Manufacturing Engineer - Temporary, a Programming CNC Machinist and a CNC Machinist.
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