Columbia Area Transit (CAT) is considering possibly starting a commuter bus to serve Gorge companies with employees coming from the Portland/ Vancouver metro area. If this is a service you or your employees would be interested in, please contact Patty Fink with CAT.
GTA Member Clark College has spaces still available for the Winter cohort of its Rural Access Mechatronics Program (RAMP). Mechatronics combines mechanical, electrical, and control-system expertise. This two-quarter hybrid online (in-person and online) program provides a foundation in Mechatronics fundamentals. Students attend class online, coming for hands-on lab work on Saturday’s to Clark’s Columbia Tech Center facility in East Vancouver. Graduates leave ready to pursue entry-level technician positions or to continue in the Mechatronics program to earn an associate degree.View the flyer to learn more here.
The City of Hood River is seeking proposals/quotes from qualified firms to evaluate the City’s Information Technology (IT) Administration, Equipment & Infrastructure and provide strategic planning services with the primary goal of developing Five Year Information Technology Plan. Submit proposals/ quotes by 5:00 p.m. on Nov 24, 2017. Read the full request here.
All GTA memberships and many sponsorships are on an Oct 1 renewal cycle, which means it’s time to recommit yourself to the GTA, or finally make the leap and join! Just look over our website at our new Strategic Plan, Membership Benefits, all of our events and initiatives. If you want to stay involved and supportive of our work, renew or join today. View the full list of membership benefits here and sponsorship benefits here.
The GTA is excited to announce a new benefit offering for our members through partnership with BCI Group, a HUB International Company (BCI/ HUB). BCI/ HUB employs an experienced and dedicated consultant to help facilitate benefit pathways and coordinate all listed services for each of our members.
BCI/ HUB can help you find creative options to balance your company’s needs with your employees’ benefits priorities. BCI/ HUB supports both your company’s culture and its bottom line by structuring plans for the greatest return on cost.
GTA members will be offered each of the following carrier pricing and related networks/services through Providence, Regence, and UnitedHealthcare. And for those companies that enroll in a BCI/ HUB Plan Option, your company will receive wellness discounts, online benefits enrollment/onboarding software, COBRA administration, benchmarking surveys, and other HR resources -all of which can be coordinated through BCI/ HUB.
Additionally, Hood River GTA members that are small and medium sized Technology, Engineering and Architecture sector companies can access the same purchasing power as large firms through OSBA (Oregon Small Business Alliance) Providence Health Plan.
To find out if the GTA benefit offering is right for your company, email Henoch Tezera at GTAbenefits@hubinternational.
Benefit Offerings and Discounts Include:
OSBA / Providence
Health Fair/Health Risk Assessments
401(k) Plan Review and/or Implementation
Payroll / HRIS Assessments
Benefits Administration and Onboarding
Benefit Guided Educational Videos
HR Help Desk
HR 360 Compliance Library
Employee Benefit Surveys
THIRD PARTY ADMINISTRATION
Section 125 / Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA)
The GTA is pleased to announce the completion of our Strategic Plan for the organization’s work through 2021. Over the last several months, the Board and staff, with the support of Scheinberg Consulting, conducted organizational research through interviews and surveys of our members, sponsors and key stakeholders to gather feedback on the work of the GTA and where we should focus our energy over the next few years. This information was distilled into four critical goals that represent the long-term aims we plan to achieve (in no particular order):
- Strengthen STEM education.
- Increase success of member businesses.
- Increase visibility of the Gorge as a center for high tech innovation and commerce.
- Increase the GTA’s impact and influence by increasing organizational and programmatic capacity.
These goals are in support of the GTA’s mission to support, connect and develop the technology community of the Columbia River Gorge and our vision of a Columbia River Gorge region known as an innovative technology community where businesses thrive, entrepreneurs are nurtured, community members are engaged, meaningful employment is abundant, and all children have access to innovative Science, Technology, Engineering and Math opportunities. View the full 2017 Strategic Plan here.
The Board is now leading the development of four committees to create and implement work plans around each of the goals and seeks the involvement of our members, sponsors and partners in the committees: STEM Education, Business Success, Communications and Growth. Contact the GTA if you would like to be involved or for more information.
Thinking about developing an internship program with your business or how to strengthen your current program? Washington Technology Industry Association recently shared their best practices toolkit with the GTA. From pre- to post-internship tips to sample interview questions, this is a great resource. Download it now here!
The Gorge Tech Alliance is starting a new offering and initiative for women working in STEM fields (science, tech, engineering and math) in the Gorge. We’re exploring how we can support and connect our women professionals and encourage the next generation of female students into STEM degrees. An initial gathering event is in the works, possibly in late October, and we hope to announce details soon!