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About Us

PacTech Mission:

The mission of the Pacific Technology Alliance (PacTech) is to educate citizens and policy makers throughout Washington and Oregon about emerging technology issues and to promote policies that foster competition, innovation, increased choice and access to technology.

PacTech Core Principles:

  1. Technology and innovation should be left to the market place – government should not be choosing winners and losers.
  2. Citizens deserve a voice in the public policy process that impacts technology, innovation and the products and services they use.
  3. The community and consumers benefit from innovation and competition.

About the Executive Director:

TOM GURR

Executive Director, Pacific Technology Alliance

With over a decade of diverse political and management experience, Tom is an innovative communicator with a knack for turning complex issues into clear concise language. Tom has developed strategic communications, organized community outreach, and managed media engagement throughout the region.

While directing PacTech, Tom has successfully engaged a broad range of stakeholders, from government officials, and interest groups, to the media, and business executives.

Tom has also authored editorials in major Northwest publications such as the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The News Tribune of Tacoma, the Puget Sound Business Journal and The Oregonian.

Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Washington State University. He and his wife, Julie, live in Sammamish, Washington with their two kids, Luke and Addie.

About PacTech Board of Directors:

COLIN HASTINGS

Vice President for the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce
(Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce)

Prior to accepting the position in 2009, Colin and his wife owned a couple of small service-retail businesses and still operate a small cherry orchard outside of Pasco.

Before returning to Tri-Cities from 8 years in Seattle, Colin worked and consulted on numerous local and statewide elections including Initiative 200, John Carlson for Governor and Attorney General Rob McKenna. Upon his return to the Tri-Cites, Colin served as the Government Affairs Director for the Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities.

Colin sits on the Washington Policy Center’s Young Professional Board of Directors and serves on the Board of Directors for the Annual Water Follies event featuring H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Races held each year in the Tri-Cities.

Colin graduated from Seattle University with a degree in Business Administration. He and his wife Lara have two young and energetic sons.

MICHAEL CATHCART

Executive Director, Better Spokane

Michael Cathcart is the Executive Director of Better Spokane, a bipartisan, civic engagement organization, designed to educate the community on the need to shift local government policies in a more business-friendly direction.

Michael graduated from University High School in Spokane Valley and received his B.A. from Montana State University – Bozeman in 2007. Today, he lives in Northeast Spokane.  Michael has advised and worked on numerous political campaigns, even receiving the 2015 Spokane Association of Realtors Partner of the Year Award, resulting from his work to defeat a disastrous local ballot measure that year.

Emphasizing his passion for Spokane, Michael previously served as Chair of his Spokane neighborhood council and stepped-in to complete a term on the Community Assembly.  

In his downtime, Michael enjoys CrossFit and Spartan Races.

 

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