Gorge Tech Alliance Newsletter

August 2023

Supporting, connecting and developing the tech community of the Columbia River Gorge.

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Summer Party Recap  

Thank you to our host Sierra Olympia Technologies and to everyone who turned out to make this event a success!

Gorge Women in STEM Needs YOU!

The Gorge Tech Alliance helped start Gorge Women in STEM in late 2017 as a group dedicated to connecting and supporting women working in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math in the Gorge. The GTA has funding available for Gorge Women in STEM events but is seeking a few regular volunteers to provide input on planning these events. Please let us know if you are interested!

GTA Member News

CGCC Expands Aviation Maintenance Technology Program to Meet Industry Demand

This program was initially launched in the fall of 2022, following official recognition by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). CGCC collaborated with industry partners for four years of intensive research and development to create the program and cooperated with the FAA closely to validate the job demand for aviation technicians and design a curriculum that meets the rigorous requirements necessary for certification.

Upon completion of the program, students will be fully prepared to undertake their FAA licensing test as aviation maintenance technicians, granting them the authority to maintain fixed-wing aircraft, including jets, prop planes, and helicopters, throughout the Pacific Northwest or anywhere in the United States.


This month, CGCC proudly announces the addition of a second cohort to the Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) program, adding 16 more students into the program per year. The new cohort is open for registration for fall 2023, with classes starting September 25th. Read more here.

STEM Hub Launches "Match Making" Service

To help bridge the gap between education and industry, the STEM Hub is recruiting industry professionals to engage in local classrooms (in-person or virtually), with the goals of:

  • helping educators enhance their curriculum with "real world" engagement from a local industry professional.
  • providing educators with more interactive ways to expose students to a variety of careers. (particularly careers in our region!)
  • creating more awareness around the importance of employability/success skills among students

To participate, register here.

GTA Employee Spotlight

Our spotlight focus turns this month to Matthew Hamilton, Sagetech Avionics' Chief Technology Officer. Matt leads the technology teams of the company to create advanced avionics solutions that serve on unmanned aircraft platforms. Read more about Matt and his work at Sagetech Avionics here.

Upcoming GTA Events

HR Recruiters Coffee on Recruitment Strategies

This month's presenter is Katie Crafts, recruitment consultant and job hunt strategist, ready to share recruitment strategies and best practices that will help you build a dedicated and high-performing team. Connect with Katie on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/katiecrafts/, and learn more about her current recruiting work here:  https://www.thekcapproach.com/recruitment

September 12th| 8:30 - 9:30am


Contact Jason Hartmann to register.

GTA Happy Hour

Come enjoy a beverage after work (your first one is on us!) and mingle with fellow tech companies' employees to relax and rejuvenate while building community connections.

September 14th| 5 - 6:30pm

Volcanic Bottle Shoppe, Hood River

No RSVP needed!

flyer for Unlocking LinkedIn event.

Visit the GTA events webpages for registration!

In Person: September 26th | 5 - 6:30pm

Online: October 3rd | 5 - 6:30pm

Online: October 5th | 12 - 1:00pm

Free for GTA Members and $15 for non-members.

Save the Date! Our popular annual Gorge Tech Showcase returns the evening of October 26 at The Ruins in Hood River! If your GTA Member company is interested in presenting, let us know!

Regional Transportation Updates

The GOrgePass annual fare structure is no longer set from January 1st through December 31st. Now riders can get the full value to ride for 12 months from the date of purchase! Buy the GOrgePass here!

Commuter Vanpool Webinar

Do you have employees that need transportation at times that public transit does not operate?

Learn how to use Get There Connect to explore local vanpool options. The webinar will cover:

  • Why vanpool?
  • How vanpooling works.
  • How to set up a vanpool.
  • How to talk to your employer about vanpool.
  • How to search for a vanpool in Get There Connect.

August 31st | 12 noon

Learn more and register here.

It's Time to Prepare... the 2023 Get There Challenge Begins Oct 1st!

Oregon’s Get There Challenge is back Oct. 1-15, and for the first time ever, teams will compete for prizes by logging trips taken by bike, foot, carpool, vanpool, and transit and remote work days. Early-birds and folks who are ready to win can also win a $50 gift card to Next Adventure by unlocking early bird achievements starting Sept. 5! 

Here’s what you can win during the 2023 Get There Challenge:

  • $50 Ruffwear gift card
  • $25 Cafe Yumm gift card and Get There swag
  • $25 VISA gift card 
  • $100 River City Bicycles gift card
  • $100 Clever Cycles gift card and a water bottle

The grand prize of $1,000 and top honors will go to the team who logs the most trips/remote work days during the Challenge. View full prize details here!

Additional Support Grants that Supplement Federal  SBIR and STTR Grants Are Now Available  

To assist Oregon businesses in accessing SBIR and STTR federal grant funds, Business Oregon has two types of application support grants available:

  • Phase 0 Grant: grant to prepare an application for a federal SBIR or STTR Phase I
  • Phase 00 Grant: grant to prepare an application for a federal SBIR or STTR Phase II or Fast-Track

A detailed overview of the application and supporting resources can be found at oregon.gov/biz. Applications will be open through June 2025 or until funding runs out.

Looking to Install an EV Charging Station at your Company's Location?

Department of Ecology's

"Charge Where You Are" Grant Program

The program will fund the installation of four to ten Level 2 charging plugs for:

  • Multi-Unit Residential Buildings
  • Publicly available charging
  • Fleet and workplace charging

Guidelines will be published on Sept 26th.

Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to:

  • Businesses 
  • Non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations
  • Public organizations
  • Tribal governments

Application Period: Sept. 26 – Nov. 16, 2023

Private and public entities are encouraged to apply. 

Learn more here.

2024 Beaverton Startup Challenge Application Period is Now Open!

The Beaverton Startup Challenge is an annual funding competition to select promising growth startups. Competition winners will receive cash investments from a seed fund assembled by the OSC and a growing community of local investors. Learn more here!

The application deadline is Monday, October 2nd. There is no fee to submit an application.   

Partner Events & Resources

Project Management: Foundations & Best Practices

This course introduces students to the foundations of successful project management, especially in a technology environment. Key project management concepts will be taught and applied immediately in a hands-on team simulation.

This course will be taught over four half-days and is for engineers, scientists, clinicians, researchers, administrators, continuous improvement specialists, quality assurance personnel, or other technical professionals who are responsible for product, process, test development and product improvement, who must organize and manage small to medium-sized projects.

September 11, 13, 15 and 18th | 8am - 12:30pm


Learn more and register here.

18th Annual

Aerospace Summit

The topics for this summit include:

  • Morning Keynote: Federal Aerospace Policy 
  • Commercial Market Outlook by The Boeing Company
  • Morning & afternoon breakout sessions on:
  • Tax & Business Competitiveness 
  • Workforce Policy 
  • Emerging Technologies 
  • Afternoon Keynote: Supplying to Space Missions 

September 12 - 13th

Tacoma, WA

Learn More and register here.

Fuel 2023

This event brings the tech community together to celebrate the unprecedented public climate awareness, historic federal investment in climate solutions, and surge of interest in climate innovations.

September 20th

OMSI in Portland

Register here.

Oregon Cyber Resilience Summit: Building a Secure Community

Given the escalation of cyber attacks and incidents, this summit will bring community and technology industry leaders together to brainstorm and begin to collaborate to safeguard our digital spaces and combat cyber threats. The Summit’s goal is to share expertise and knowledge about tools and services that promote a more secure and resilient community, and combat the risks associated with cyber threats affecting all critical infrastructure sectors and our society as a whole.

October 4th | All day

University of Oregon Campus, Eugene

Learn more and register here!

Fall 2023 Symposium

From Air, Land, and Sea, you won’t want to miss hearing from the leading innovators in uncrewed & air mobility systems!

Sessions will include:

  • Learn what NASA is doing to enable the efficiency and safety of Advanced Air Mobility
  • Learn how Zipline safely integrates into the National Airspace System (NAS) and the latest business applications.
  • Hear from the experts in public safety, marine applications, the regulatory environment, remote ID, and other exciting autonomous projects.

Tuesday October 17th

Seattle, WA

Learn More and register here.

GTA Member Job Openings

Newest jobs in bold!

  • ANPC is hiring a Production Technician.
  • Cardinal IG in Hood River is hiring Maintenance Technicians and Production Technicians for the second and third shifts.
  • Columbia Gorge Education Service District (CGESD) has openings for a Whole Child Nurse, a Regional Instructional Coach, a Human Resources & Communications Assistant and a Native American Home School Liaison, and a Classified Substitute for Early Learning.
  • Decavo is searching for a Composite Laminator and a Machinist.
  • ICE (Innovative Composite Engineering) is seeking an IT Manager and a Computer Tech.
  • Insitu has openings for a Firmware Engineer 2, a Material Handler - Contract, and a Manager for Quality Assurance.
  • Overwatch Imaging is seeking a Senior Software Engineer – Cloud, a Computer Vision Software Engineer, a Senior Software Engineer, an Imaging Payload Design Mechanical Engineer, a Product Development Engineer Intern, a Director of Human Resources, a Systems Analyst, a Quality Assurance Analyst, a Customer Program Manager, and General Applicants.
  • Radcomp is hiring for Helpdesk Specialists, an IT Solutions Analyst, a Systems Admin L3, a Sales Executive, and a Client Account Manager.
  • Sierra Olympia is hiring an Inside Sales Administrator, an Accounting Assistant, and is taking General Applications.
  • SIGMADESIGN is hiring a Systems Engineer for the company's Camas location and a Circuit Board Test Technician, a Material Handler, a Network Administrator and a Senior Staff Accountant for its Vancouver, WA location.
  • Silicon Forest Electronics is hiring a Technical Project Manager, a Rework Repair Technician, a Machine Operator and an Electronics Assembler.
  • Trillium Engineering is hiring an Electro- Mechanical Technician, a Supplier Quality Engineer, an Embedded Software Engineer Image Processing, a Materials Buyer, a Cost Accountant, a Director of Quality, an Intern and General Applicants.
  • Zepher is hiring a Sales Manager.
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