Message from the vtTA
Tech Businesses and Job Opportunities on Display at Vermont Tech Jam

Vermont Tech Jam, the annual career and tech expo, is back, in person, and in Burlington at the new Hula lakeside tech campus. The Tech Jam is presented by Seven Days newspaper and the VTTA is an organizing partner.

Dozens of startups and established tech companies will be at the event, including many VTTA member businesses, including C2, Coldwell Banker Hickok and Boardman, Data Innovations, OnLogic, Marvell, ThinkMD and many others.

The Tech Jam also is an opportunity to check out the tech-focused businesses that have made their home at Hula, a former oven factory that has been renovated into a net-zero office and coworking facility.

Of course, the VTTA will be on hand to discuss the alliance, Vermont’s growing tech sector, and highlighting the more than 150 job openings from VTTA members on our Career Center. Be sure to stop by and say hello.

This year’s event is divided into two sessions. Admission is free for the first session, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. A ticket for session two, from 1:30 to 6 p.m., costs $10 in advance, $15 at the door, and includes the keynote presentation: an interview with BETA Technologies CEO Kyle Clark and BETA adviser and client Martine Rothblatt, entrepreneur, futurist and CEO of United Therapeutics.

Find more information and register at Vermont Tech Jam.
Vermont’s tech scene continues to grow and change, with the planned expansion of MTX Group into Waterbury Vermont, with plans to hire 250 employees over the next five years, and Competitive Computing (C2) becoming part of Xerox IT services which, according to the company, will broaden its portfolio of IT and business services, offer employee growth opportunities, and continued investment in Vermont. We’re pleased to count C2 as a long-time VTTA member and MTX Group as our newest Leadership Member.

Jeff Couture
Executive Director
Vermont Technology Alliance

Featured Member – FirstLight
FirstLight provides fiber-optic data, Internet, data center cloud and voice services to enterprise and carrier customers throughout the Northeast, including Vermont, connecting nearly 10,000 locations in service with an additional 30,000 locations serviceable by its more than 24,000 route mile fiber network.

FirstLight delivers its services over its own advanced fiber optic network, ensuring superior bandwidth, high speeds, and high reliability, backed by locally-based service and support. FirstLight has more than 1,500 route miles of fiber in Vermont.

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See FirstLight’s job openings in the VTTA Career Center
Upcoming Events
REV2021 Renewable Energy Conference
(October 18, 19 & 26, 2021)
For more than two decades, the REV Conference has been the leading renewable energy event in northern New England. Organized by Renewable Energy Vermont, this annual forum brings together business leaders, system operators, architects, builders, manufacturers, engineers, scientists, policy makers, and regulators.
Find more here.
VCET Lunch & Learn: Bringing Your Company Values Out to Play
(October 21, 2021)
In this online session, Debra Corey, author of the best-selling book, “Bringing Your Values Out to Play,” will share strategies, solutions, and best practices that you can take back to your company to ensure you have the “right” values and that you’re using them in the most meaningful and effective ways.
Find more information here.
Partners in Progress: Creating a Culture That Thrives
(October 21, 2021 – Delta Hotel by Marriott, Burlington)
Company Culture – A buzzword we are all familiar with.
In today’s tech-driven world, how can small businesses keep up with Company Culture trends, and how can we create a company culture that benefits our company’s growth? During this half-day workshop, presented by DominionTech, hear from leading Vermont business owners who will discuss their company culture and how investing time and resources into culture has helped their businesses thrive.
Find more information here.
Vermont Tech Jam 
(October 23, 2021 – Hula)
The Vermont Tech Jam is back for 2021 at Hula, a technology-driven co-working campus, business accelerator and venture capital fund focused on elevating Vermont-based start-ups and entrepreneurs.
This annual career and tech expo, organized by Seven Days and supported by the Vermont Technology Alliance, showcases some of Vermont’s most innovative companies.
Find more information and register here.
2021 Vermont Womenpreneurs Virtual Summit: Navigating the Unexpected
(November 1-4, 2021)
Vermont Womenpreneurs, a network of women-owned businesses, is hosting a Virtual Summit over four evenings from November 1-4. In light of what many businesses have experienced and learned thus far, the theme of the Summit is Navigating the Unexpected.
Each evening will feature a panel of womenpreneurs and business leaders discussing one of four topics.

Find more information here.
CORI’s Virtual Pitch Event
(November 10, 2021)
The Center on Rural Innovation (CORI) presents a virtual pitch event “Small Towns, Big Ideas,” a celebration of the innovation and entrepreneurship happening across rural America.
Top tech startups from CORI’s Rural Innovation Network, which spans 20 rural communities across the country, will compete in this virtual event.
Find more information here.
EMBOLDIA Healthcare Innovation Talks: The Power of Collaboration
(November 11, 2021 – Hula)
This EMBOLDIA event at Hula Lakeside will feature a discussion on the Power of Collaboration with Dr. Barry Finette of THINKMD and guest Alberto Rodriguez-Navarro, MD, of Levita Magnetics. Drs., Finette and Navarro will discuss how collaborative efforts between the venture sector and the healthcare community are fueling medical technology that was once only dreamed of.
Find more information here.
Vermont Technology News
Recent Research Provides New Insight into Pandemic Migration to Vermont
(October 15, 2021 – Burlington Free Press)

Before the pandemic, national migration patterns showed that, in general, people were moving from less urban locations to urban centers. The pandemic, however, seems to have recently changed migration patterns nationally and in Vermont.

While 2020 Census data showed Vermont population growth mostly centered in Chittenden County, recent research by Vermont geographers shows that in the past year, migration has shifted towards the urban cores of smaller towns and cities in Vermont such as Brattleboro, Barre and Waterbury.

Read more here.
Competitive Computing (C2) Now Part of Xerox IT Services
(October 5, 2021 – Xerox)

Xerox IT services has acquired Competitive Computing (C2). VTTA member C2 serves customers throughout New England and the United States and has been recognized as “Best of Business” for IT services in Vermont for the past two years. “We are thrilled to join the Xerox IT Services team. said Marty Thieret, co-founder and CEO of C2. “After serving Vermont, New England, and national clients for over 28 years, our company and team members are ideally positioned to contribute to the growth of Xerox IT Services,”

Read more here.
Colleges to deploy sensors to help monitor Vermont infrastructure
(October 11, 2021 – WCAX-TV)

Heavy rain events are taxing Vermont’s infrastructure. So how do you keep track of cracks and crumbles in roads and bridges? A new grant aims to help.

The University of Vermont, Vermont Technical College and the University of Maine were recently awarded $4 million from the National Science Foundation to place small sensors around different structures. Those could be bridges, dams, turbines, storm water systems, roads or more. They might be new structures or older ones. Those sensors will then feed back data.

Read more here.
RSG Marks 35 Years Offering Data Analysis and Computer Modeling
(October 8, 2021 – RSG)

RSG, an employee-owned company headquartered in White River Junction, Vermont is celebrating 35 years in business.

In 1986, RSG’s founders conceived of a new model of consulting to help governments and businesses by combining academic rigor with serious data analysis and computer modeling. The result? An innovative consultancy that designs, implements, and applies sophisticated data-driven models with in-depth analytics to help clients understand why people and systems do what they do and guide their decision-making.

RSG also has established itself as a cutting-edge firm that develops advanced software tools and platforms.

Read more here.
Environmentalists Balk at Proposed Exemptions for GlobalFoundries
(October 8, 2021 – VTDigger)

Environmentalists say a proposed agreement between state officials and GlobalFoundries, Vermont’s largest private-sector employer, does not align with the Global Warming Solutions Act. In the spring, the international semiconductor manufacturing company filed a petition with the Public Utility Commission to make its Essex Junction facility, called “Fab 9,” an independent energy utility. Instead of purchasing energy from Green Mountain Power, GlobalFoundries would purchase energy from the regional wholesale market for the facility and process it through its own conductors.

Meanwhile, members of the Conservation Law Foundation, Renewable Energy Vermont and AllEarth Renewables have objected to GlobalFoundries’ proposed plan, saying the company will likely get its energy from fossil fuels, that the plan doesn’t help Vermont reach its emissions reductions requirements, and that it places that burden on Vermonters. 

Read more here.
Julie Martin of 89 North Receives National Award Recognizing Leading Women in Manufacturing
(October 5, 2021 – 89 North)

The Manufacturing Institute has recognized Julie Martin of VTTA member company 89 North as an Honoree in their ninth annual STEP Ahead Awards, and will celebrate her achievements, along with other honorees, at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. in November.

The STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry. The award follows Julie’s recent promotion to Vice President.

Read more here.
Norwich program creates high-tech talent pipeline for Vt. companies
(September 29, 2021 – Rutland Herald)

For VELCO, keeping Vermont’s electrical grid safe and bolstering the state’s aging workforce go hand in hand.

For several years, the Vermont Electric Power Co. (VELCO), has partnered with Norwich University on a number of cybersecurity initiatives aimed at ensuring the safe transmission of electricity throughout the state and the region.

But the partnership is also about creating opportunities to bring fresh blood into the company, said VELCO representative Shana Louiselle. “Our hiring needs are going to be increasing,” she said.
According to Louiselle, VELCO anticipates about 24 employees, or 15% of its workforce, will retire by 2023. “Most of those jobs are going to be really focused around that IT and cybersecurity need,” she said.

Read more here.

Vermont Technology Alliance Membership Update

The Vermont Technology Alliance works on behalf of its members and is able to carry out its mission through the support of its membership.

New members: New members include MTX Group, which joined as a Leadership Member/Sponsor. We appreciate the year-round, underwriting support of our annual Member/Sponsors.
Renewing members: Renewing members include Aerie Consulting, DominionTech, NDI, Merritt & Merritt, and individuals John Boquet and Thomas Paron
Not a vtTA member yet? Then why not join now? Find more information and register here. You can also contact us at
Useful Information & Links
Vermont Attorney General’s Office Hosting Data Privacy Forums
The Vermont Attorney General’s Office is hosting a series of forums this fall focused on data privacy that can be attended in person or online. Participation in the forums is open to the general public.

Topics will include:
  • Protection of biometric data, including facial recognition
  • Whether Vermont should adopt all or parts of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
  • Consumer protections that address the privacy concerns of Vermonters

The next forums will be held on the following dates and locations:
  • Tuesday, October 26, 5 p.m., 109 State St., Pavilion Auditorium, Montpelier
  • Thursday, November 18, afternoon, time and location TBA, White River Junction

Attendance at the forums will be designed as a hybrid model with participation available both remotely and in person. Remote participation will use a Teams format. To attend remotely, please e-mail to RSVP and obtain a Teams link.

At the conclusion of the forums, the Attorney General’s Office intends to compile a report to the Legislature sometime in December.
vtTA Career Center
Vermont Technology Alliance member companies are hiring, and when you visit the Career Center on the Vermont Technology Alliance website you can browse and search for these job openings and subscribe to updates. The Career Center on average features 100+ tech and non-tech jobs with Vermont Technology Alliance member businesses. Jobs available from vtTA members are listed at no charge in the Career Center as a member benefit.
For more, click here.  
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