Gorge Tech Alliance Newsletter
September 2020

Supporting, connecting and developing the tech community of the Columbia River Gorge.
In This Issue
Annual Renewal Drive
GTA Events
Member Spotlight: Business Oregon
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
Time to Renew!
Are you looking to get involved or can't wait to stay involved with the Gorge's best networking, big thinking, business supporting organization? 

Now is the time! 

Our membership calendar year runs from October 1 to September 30, which means this is great time to finally join, or for all memberships and most sponsors it's time to renew. We will be reaching out to each of our members and renewing sponsors over the next few weeks, but you can skip right to the renewal/join form here

Can't remember all the great reasons to be a member or sponsor? Follow the links for all the details.
GTA Tech Showcase
The Gorge Tech Showcase on September 23  highlighted our strong regional tech hub to an audience of over 50 tech enthusiasts and job seekers.  This virtual version of our annual event featured short presentations from Sierra Olympic Technologies, Columbia Gorge Community College, Silicon Forest Electronics, Zepher and Insitu. The virtual platform allowed for variety in presentation styles, which included video, screen sharing and a peek into where the work is being done. Presentations were followed by two rounds of breakout sessions. A big thank you to all of our presenting companies and participants for making the Tech Showcase a big success.
Upcoming GTA Events

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.

October 20 @ 12:00 pm | Geek Lunch | Machine Learning with Jason Christopher, PhD, Myia Health
Machine Learning (ML) is an ever-growing set of methods enabling computers to discover patterns in data. As the principal research scientist at Myia Health, Jason Christopher, PhD, uses ML to predict which patients in a health system are likely to seek emergency medical attention, and instead schedule a preventative appointment with their primary care physician. Tickets and information here.

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. 

Member Spotlight: Business Oregon
Business Oregon is the state's economic development agency investing in Oregon's businesses, communities, and people to promote a globally competitive, diverse, and inclusive economy. Business Oregon's staff of 130 administers and manages a portfolio of over 70 different public infrastructure and business development programs, grants, and loans. Read more here.
University of Washington Capstone Program

The industry capstone program at the University of Washington College of Engineering partners teams of senior undergraduate engineering students and industry to embark on a full scale design process, resulting in a prototype or similar end-product.  Benefits to sponsoring companies include getting a high-touch engagement opportunity to assess student talent and recruit for jobs and a low cost opportunity for a fresh look at a problem.  Here is a video that gives a great overview. Interested? Contact Jill Dalinkus for more information.
CGCC Customer Survey

Columbia Gorge Community College's mission is "Building dreams and transforming lives by providing lifelong educational programs that strengthen our community." So, how's the college doing? CGCC invites you to complete this customer survey by Wednesday, Oct. 14. Your responses will help the college gauge public awareness of programs and services; there's also opportunity for suggestions to improve. 
Do You Want to Build a Robot?

Things may look different this school year, but our robot lending program is still up and running for those who are interested.  ORTOP has a great resource available here that details season specifics and pandemic information.  If you are interested in borrowing equipment contact Ami.
Washington State Broadband Access and Speed Survey
The Washington State Broadband Office mapping initiative will help identify gaps in high-speed internet service and areas of broadband infrastructure needs in order to advance the state's goal to have universal broadband access in Washington by 2024. Take the survey here.
Impact Washington COVID-19 Assistance Program
Impact Washington is offering an assistance program to support Washington small and medium-sized manufacturers through their statewide network.
They can help you develop a customized plan of action to ensure you are on track to achieve your long-term objectives. Contact them to schedule a meeting with a Manufacturing Expert who will work with you to understand your specific needs and customize a action plan.   Your organization may qualify for CARES Manufacturing Recovery Assistance Funds.
GTA Partner Events
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 | Oktoberfest Virtual Networking 
  • October 1 @ 4:30 pm| Don't miss out on an opportunity to celebrate the German tradition of Oktoberfest with PNAA and all of your aerospace friends. Join PNAA for an evening virtual event with games, prizes and an attire contest. Don your lederhosen and Dirndls, create a festive Oktoberfest virtual background and fill your steins and German platters for an evening of fun. 
Learn more and register here.

PNDC | Northwest ITAR & EAR Compliance Conference &
  • October 8 @ 8:30 am | U.S. Commercial Service, Export Council of Oregon, and Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition are hosting this program that covers updates and advice to assist companies in complying with the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and other related export controls.
PNDC | Navigation Federal Government Contracts Northwest 
  • October 21-22 @ 8:30 am | This seminar is designed to help navigate the rough seas of doing business with the federal government in the "new normal."
Learn more  about these and other events and register here.

AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020 - All Things Unmanned | Virtual Education and Exhibits

Only days away!
  • 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.

TAO | Becoming a Data Scientist

Learn more and register here.

Job Openings with GTA Members
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