Tech Alliance seeks award nominees

The Gorge Technology Alliance (GTA) has opened nominations for its annual awards program to recognize the individual and organizational leaders working to advance the tech industry and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in the Columbia River Gorge. Finalists are invited to the organization’s annual Winter Party in December, where the winners for Technology Leader of the Year and Technology Organization of the Year are announced.

“The award program was created in 2013 to bring visibility to and thank the amazing companies, nonprofits, schools and individuals working to advance the tech industry and STEM education in the region,” says Executive Director Jessica Metta. Past winners for Tech Leader have included Jeff Blackman with Hood River Valley High School and Andy von Flotow with Hood Tech, while past winners for Tech Organization have included 4-Tell and Insitu. “We look forward to another great set of finalists to honor,” said Metta.

The GTA is asking the community to help send in nominations for these awards by Nov. 11. Nominees need not be GTA Members and self-nominations are welcome. The forms and more information are available on the GTA website at

The Gorge Technology Alliance supports, connects and develops the technology community of the Columbia River Gorge with networking and educational events, business support and promotion, workforce development and youth robotics. The GTA is a nonprofit professional organization supporting the high tech businesses and STEM education in the Gorge. Contact Metta with questions at 541-296-2266.

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