Gorge Tech Alliance Newsletter

March 2024

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

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 3/21 Liftoff Event Recap 

Our event brought out the community to learn about life aboard the ISS as an astronaut, the joint partnership between US and Russia that built and runs the station, the training and logistics involved with working in space, amazing photographs of our planet from the station, and answers to many great questions from the audience. To learn more about Colonel Williams experience and perspective as an astronaut, read the CCC News' reporter Jim Drake's exclusive interview with Colonel Williams here.

GTA's Mixer Event at AUVSI Xponential

The GTA Mixer is a perennial highlight of AUVSI's Xponential, THE technology event for Autonomy!

Join sponsors Sightline, Sagetech, Business Oregon, Pendleton UAS Range, Sigma Design, Overwatch Imaging, Sierra Olympia and Impact Electronics, plus tons of industry pros for this not-to-be-missed GTA networking event. We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, April 23rd | 5:00 - 7:00pm

GARAGE Kitchen + Bar

A short walk from the San Diego Convention Center!

Register for Xponential Here

Interested? Questions? Contact Jason Hartmann.

GTA Board Nominations

The GTA board elections occur each year in April. Anyone who works at a GTA member or sponsor company that has been in the GTA for at least one year is eligible to apply. GTA members in all fields (including marketing, design, and remote workers) are encouraged to apply, as are women, minorities, and others traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields.

There is at least one vacancy this year. If you or someone you know would like to be involved and would be a great representative to the GTA, please contact Jason by April 15th to be included on the ballot!

In later April, the GTA will reach out to a single representative from each member and sponsor with an email link to vote on behalf of their organization.

The GTA board currently meets on the fourth Wednesday of every other month from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Meetings are generally hybrid in Hood River with a remote attendance option. Term length is 3 years.

 STEM Hub News and Summer Event  

STEM Hub Wins Grant

to Expand CTE in

Wasco and Hood River Counties 

Congrats to the Columbia Gorge STEM Hub for securing a new grant that will allow for the expansion of Career and Technical Education (CTE) technology labs and student workspaces at the South Wasco and Hood River County school districts. Students will be involved in the entire design and construction process (when applicable). There will also be an Exhibition Showcase where students will have the opportunity to showcase their skills and projects and to explore future funding opportunities with industry and community-based partners across the region. CTE prepares students for high-wage, high-demand STEM careers by providing real-life, project-based learning opportunities for students before entering the workforce. Read more about the award here.

If you are a local industry leader or professional interested in supporting this project, please contact STEM Hub Director Julie Cucuel today!

STEM Hub's 5th Annual STEM Fair

is Open for Booth Registration Now

This year's Fair will feature hands-on activities for families to experience Columbia Gorge Community College's CTE labs. The STEM Hub welcomes our local industry, community and education partners to bring an engaging, hands-on STEM activity with your company info booth. Sign up at the link below.

June 22nd | 10am - 12noon

CGCC The Dalles campus

Register here.

 GTA Events

HR Recruiters' Coffee

Our bi-monthly virtual event for GTA members' HR representatives is an open discussion about human resources in technology industries. Take this opportunity to network, chat about resources and policy changes, and announce new openings for our job listings page.


April 9th | 8:30 -9:30am

Please contact Jason Hartmann to register.

New and Renewing Members & Sponsors

Thank you to this month's new and renewing members and sponsors!

Our members and sponsors receive resources, promotion and connections to support success in the industry. The GTA also supports community initiatives for STEM education, Robotics and Gorge Women in STEM.

Can't remember all the great reasons to be a member or sponsor? Follow the links for all the details.

Partner Events & Resources

Principles of LEAN:

Engaging the Modern Day Workforce

This workshop will address:

  • Organizing the workplace for maximum efficiency.
  • Documenting standards of work in order to train employees faster and more efficiently.
  • Ensuring that team leaders understand how to manage their teams in order to transform the business.

$100 to register for all four Tuesday morning sessions. Group Discounts are available.

April 2nd | 8:00am - 12:00 Noon

April 9th | 8:00am - 12:00 Noon

April 16th | 8:00am - 12:00 Noon

April 23rd | 8:00am - 12:00 Noon

7650 SW Beveland Lane, Suite 170, Tualatin 97223

For more details on the sessions and to apply, visit here.

Gorge Women in Business Networking Event

Gorge Women In Business April 2024 Event Flyer

MCEDD has partnered with the Gorge Women in Business and the Washington Microenterprise Association to bring this business networking event targeted to women entrepreneurs. Join us!

Register Here

Export Compliance 201 Training 

This webinar training program will help your company to be in full compliance with a whole host of US export/import regulations! Expert Mike Allocca will teach attendees:

  • The proper standards by which to determine origin and begin to label the origin of your items.
  • How to use the correct values on commercial invoices, EEI’s and other documents to “help” a foreign customer.
  • How to properly handle valuations on drop shipments, samples, warranties, repairs and replacements for customs purposes.
  • How to properly document country of origin.

This 2-hour training is eligible for (2) NASBITE-CGBP Re-Certification CEUs.

Registration closes April 15th at 5:00pm

Single Company Participant: $85

Additional participants from same company: $50

Wednesday, April 17th | 10:00am - 12:00pm


Learn more and Register Here.

AUVSI's Spring Symposium in Hood River

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

VIP reception: Purchase Tickets Here $45

Wednesday, May 8th| 5:00- 7:00pm

Ferment Brewing Company, Hood River



Thursday, May 9th | 9:30am - 3:30pm

Hood River Best Western Inn

This year's symposium offers an incredible lineup of speakers who will share the latest reports from industry innovators such as Teledyne FLIR and Insitu. There will also be a discussion panel of Gorge area technology leaders, Booz Allen Hamilton’s newest AR/VR Training Tools, Underwater Drones (UUV), updates from the Pendleton Test Range and Near Space Corp/Tillamook Test Range, leaders from the Washington and Oregon Departments of Aviation, and reps from Business Oregon and the Washington State Department of Commerce with information on state-sponsored free services and grants for tech companies.

Special guests from the FAA and Department of Homeland Security! The FAA representative will address Private Industry Collaboration and Advancing UAS Integration, and the Department of Homeland Security will discuss how security partners can assist with integrating UAS into the National Airspace System (NAS) while protecting against nefarious operators.

Registration for the Symposium is open here!

Business of Innovation in the Defense Industry

This multi-part seminar series will explore the complex DoD marketplace and how to approach it and navigate it as a company with cutting edge innovation.

Contact Dradin with questions.

May 14th | 11:30am -1:00 pm

Register Here.

OMEP's Ready or Not Business Simulation Game

OMEP has teamed up with the STEM Hub to bring this event to the Gorge. Ready or Not is a fast-paced, highly-engaging business simulation game that brings to life the strategies, tactics, & organizational changes that manufacturers must leverage to overcome business challenges & unleash profitable growth. Click here for the overview with complete details of the game!

June 25th | 4 hours

Questions? Contact Justin Gradek

GTA Member Job Openings

Newest jobs in bold!

  • Aerovel is hiring a Financial Comptroller, Composite Tech, and Senior Engineering Project Manager.
  • Cardinal IG in Hood River is hiring Maintenance Technicians and Production Technicians for the second and third shifts.
  • Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) is seeking is seeking a South Wasco Business Navigator, a Bilingual Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator, an Accounting Specialist- Accounts Receivable, and more!
  • Columbia Gorge Education Service District (CGESD) is hiring an Advanced Manufacturing Intern, a Long-term High School Math Substitute, and more.
  • Google The Dalles is hiring a Program Manager II for Data Center Operations Google Cloud, a Data Center Electrical Engineer, A Crisis and Resilience Regional Manager for Risk and Resiliency, a Program Manager 2 for Data Center- Spares Readiness, a Program Manager for Environmental Health and Safety in the Data Center, and more.
  • IBEW 48 has positions available for licensed electricians.
  • ICE is seeking a Mechanical Engineer and a Comp Tech.
  • Impact Electronics Solutions / Silicon Forest Electronics is hiring a Technical Project Manager, a Rework Repair Technician, a Machine Operator- Swing Shift, and an Electronics Assembler.
  • RADCOMP is hiring for Helpdesk Specialists, an IT Solutions Analyst, a Systems Admin L3, a Client Account Manager, and a Sales Executive.
  • Sierra Olympia is taking General Applications at this time.
  • SIGMADESIGN has a Direct Placement with a client for a Buyer at its Vancouver location.
  • Trillium Engineering is hiring a Materials Buyer, a Manufacturing Engineer Manager, an Electrical Engineer, an Electro- Mechanical Technician, an Intern and is taking General Applications.
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