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Now Hiring: 4 Innovative Companies Creating Jobs in Portland, Oregon Today

Supporting startup and innovation-led businesses is essential to creating a healthy 21st-century economy. While small groups of innovators, funded by outside support from investors might not seem to be economic powerhouses at first glance, attracting these businesses to the Silicon Forest can help us create a strong innovation economy for years to come.

It’s easy to see the impact that major tech companies like Microsoft, e-Bay or Hewlett-Packard have on regional employment, but it’s more difficult to point …

September 7, 2016 in Blog by

PacTech hosts U.S. Rep. Suzan Del Bene for Internet of Things roundtable discussion

PacTech recently hosted U.S. Representative Suzan Del Bene for a roundtable discussion with local tech, civic and business community leaders at the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Our discussion centered on the emergence of the “Internet of Things,” (sometimes called IoT) and featured three local companies that are becoming leaders in the space: IoT Technology Systems, Buddy and Kymeta.

As often happens during these discussions, the topic of conversation quickly turned to public policy. Rep. Del Bene is a …

August 11, 2016 in Blog by

You’re Invited: Internet of Things Roundtable Discussion with U.S. Rep. Suzan Del Bene

July 12, 2016 in Blog by

Feeding the World More Efficiently – Alford Farms’ High-Tech Mission

When thinking about high-tech career options, farming may not immediately come to mind. But one Washington farmer, James Alford, is showing the world just how efficient and high-tech farming can be. The third generation owner of Alford Farms, James and his family have been growing potatoes, corn, wheat and other seed crops in Pasco, Washington since 1954. In addition to feeding the world, Alford and his family takes their responsibility as stewards of the land seriously. Producing higher yields using …

June 27, 2016 in Blog by

PacTech hosts Rep. McMorris Rodgers at Gravity Jack in Liberty Lake

Cathy_McMorris_Rodgers,_Official_Portrait,_112th_CongressQuick—name a hotbed of innovation in Washington State. You might have said Seattle or Tacoma, or even Vancouver. After hosting U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers for a discussion at the offices of a company called Gravity Jack, PacTech can confidently add Liberty Lake, WA to that list.

Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers represents Washington’s Fifth Congressional District, which covers a good portion of Eastern Washington. In Washington, D.C. she sits on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce which oversees economic development …

June 3, 2016 in Blog by

You’re invited: Mobile Tech Roundtable with U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

May 3, 2016 in Blog by

Rep. Walden continues advocacy for rural broadband access

Representative Greg Walden is at it again—and I mean that in the best way possible. Over the past few years, as issues of so-called “net neutrality” have come to the forefront of our discussion on technology and public policy, Rep. Walden has been a consistent advocate for light-touch regulation. The absence of regulatory burdens restricting innovation is, after all, the primary reason that our Internet-based economy has been able to grow so quickly.

Beating back the invasive vines of over-regulation …

April 25, 2016 in Blog by

PacTech Picks: Top 5 Can’t-Miss Innovation Events in Washington and Oregon

The Pacific Northwest isn’t lacking for ways to engage with the tech community and attending events can be the fastest and easiest way to network with entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts in the area. This is just a small sampling of the many opportunities to get involved. Here are PacTech’s top five picks for tech events in Washington and Oregon.

Tech Alliance State of Technology Luncheon (Annually in Seattle)

The State of Technology Luncheon brings together nearly 1,000 leaders from business, …

April 12, 2016 in Blog by

Representative Suzan DelBene stands up for our innovation economy, supports STEM programs

By: Tom Gurr, Executive Director, PacTech

In the Pacific Northwest, many of our Congressional members are fierce and vocal advocates for the tech community. Oregon’s Senator Wyden and Representative Walden and Washington Senators Cantwell and Murray consistently make headlines for their tech leadership and are proactive in seeking input from tech companies across the region. Whether we’re advocating for light-tough regulation or freedom from Internet taxation, this region has an accessible, focused and bi-partisan group of federal legislators who get …

March 9, 2016 in Blog by

Sen. Wyden’s impact unsung in Telecom Act’s 20th anniversary

By: Tom Gurr, Executive Director, PacTech

It’s been 20 years since Congress created the Telecommunications Act of 1996—a massive legislative effort that was crafted to overhaul regulation of our phone and Internet infrastructure. In those 20 years, the Internet has evolved from a cutting edge tool to a ubiquitous and powerful force that’s a part of everyday life.

Although the times have changed dramatically, one of the key players has remained the same. In 1996, now Senator Ron Wyden was …

February 18, 2016 in Articles, Blog, Featured Story by

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