Export Controls Events in Portland – discount for GTA members

ITAR & EAR Compliance Conference, September 12 in Portland:

This full-day program covers what you need to know to comply with the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and other related export controls. Topics include:

  • Maintaining an export compliance program
  • HR and customer vetting considerations
  • Regulatory updates and forecasts
  • And MORE!

Register here.

Want more in-depth EAR knowledge? Don’t miss the Sept 10 and 11 pre-event: Complying with U.S. Export Controls (details and registration).

Best news yet: PNDC is offering GTA Members a discount! Use discount code GTA19 to save $35 off the registration cost of either event.

GTA Member News: STEM Symposium for Educators, Aug 13-15

The Columbia Gorge STEM Hub is gearing up for its annual STEM Symposium on Aug 13-15 in The Dalles. STEM educators of all types will learn from three days of teacher-led workshops including:

  • Chromebooks and Google Suite in the Classroom (for educators of all grades)
  • Digital Design Start Up – Launching your own digital design and fabrication lab (middle/high)
  • Making to Learn, Learning to Make (all grades, especially K-8)
  • Starter STEM Fun/Elementary Coding (elementary/middle)
  • VEX Robotics (middle/high)

GTA Member News: Take CGCC Survey!

It has been 43 years since a group of community volunteers in The Dalles decided that the Columbia Gorge needed better access to jobs training and an affordable pathway to higher education. That grassroots initiative resulted in creation of the Columbia Gorge Community College. This summer the college is inviting people across the region to offer their perspective on how this two-year public institution is doing its job. Take the survey here.

EDF Renewables

With the large wind energy portfolio, the growing solar energy portfolio and the foundation of hydroelectric resources in the Gorge, renewable energy technology is a key partner in the regional technology industry. GTA Member EDF Renewables first came to the Gorge to develop, build, and maintain the 94 megawatt Goodnoe Hills Wind project near Goldendale, WA in 2006. EDF Renewables North America (EDFR NA) is a market leading independent power producer and service provider. The company provides:

  • Grid-scale power delivery: onshore and offshore wind, solar photovoltaic, and storage projects; 
  • Distributed solutions: solar, solar+storage, electrical vehicle charging and energy management; and 
  • Asset optimization: technical, operational, and commercial skills to maximize performance of generating projects.

With over 1100 employees in North America, EDF Renewables’ North American portfolio consists of 16 GW of developed projects and 10 GW under service contracts. EDF is about more than just producing clean, renewable energy for today’s world. The company is committed to providing future generations with the means to power their lives in the most economic, environmental and socially responsible ways possible.

In the Gorge, EDF Renewables uses local businesses and vendors as much as possible to build their name and relationships to support the community. The company has been a GTA Member for several years. Through the support of the GTA, EDF would like to see more people interested and involved in STEM education and related careers. This would allow new, innovative minds into areas of our industry and others, that will improve the transition into a green energy world. Learn more at www.edf-re.com.

About Darren Smith, Area Operations Manager and O&M Pacific Northwest

Darren started his career with EDF RS in 2006 as a Wind Turbine Technician at one of our sites located in Iowa, eventually supervising sites in Kansas and Wyoming. In 2011 he took on the role of Project Manager at wind and solar sites in Oregon and Washington. Currently Darren Smith is the Area Operations Manager in the Pacific Northwest, where he oversees a total of nine wind and solar sites in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and western Canada. Darren has an Associates in Aviation Maintenance Technology, an Associates in Business Management and a Bachelors in Aerospace Engineering. Darren lives in the Gorge in Goldendale and enjoys hiking, working on his project car and riding his motorcycle when the winds aren’t going to throw him into the river!