Community Partner Exhibitors:
The IPZ employed as a successful marketing, and convening effort has helped accelerate the formation of an applied digital technology zone or (Tech Scene) in Downtown Vancouver fueling economic development by connecting entrepreneurs, startups and global enterprises to each other, with workforce training, business assistance, and local talent. Only two years ago, the tech industry was still a fast-growing concept in Vancouver, with a dozen tech businesses downtown. Today more than 45 tech firms now call downtown Vancouver their home.
The students of Washington State University Vancouver’s Creative Media & Digital Culture (CMDC) program are playing a direct role in the growth of our digital technology economy. They are graduating with the skillsets desired by high tech digital development to creative computer industry from the public to nonprofit sectors. The program’s graduates are highly sought after; yearly job placement rates since 2010 average at 90% upon graduation. The CMDC program focuses on helping local businesses and organizations during the school year, often taking on complex projects like app and website development, 2 and 3D animations and infographics, the cutting edge augmented and virtual reality installations. In the summer of 2016 WSU Vancouver will host a data security summit, so stay tuned.
TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION OF OREGON
*Serves SW Washington
Technology Association of Oregon's vision is to create a world-class and inclusive innovation economy in Oregon and SW Washington. We do this by helping the region's technology and tech-enabled industries to grow through programs and initiatives that focus on industry promotion, advocacy, professional networks, and talent development. With an expanding network that extends beyond Oregon and SW Washington, TAO connects its members to thought leaders, executives, public officials, entrepreneurs, service providers and investors in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. When you join this network, your contribution supports economic development programs that accelerate business growth and advocacy efforts that seek to improve the region’s competitiveness in areas such as STEM education and the investment environment.
Clark College provides a technology-enriched learning environment that local employers and students rely on. Many people think of traditional programs like Networking Technology or Web Development but all of our programs including Industrial Maintenance and Automotive are increasingly digital. For students, the library is as much about tech support, computer labs, and online resources as it is books. Our new STEM building that will open this summer was built with the digital learner in mind and will be a great resource for the community as well as our students.
In 2014 the CREDC took a renewed and active approach to accomplish the first goal of the Clark County Economic Development Plan: establishing Clark County as a regional center for growth and innovation in the Information Technology sector. To this end, the CREDC has overhauled our entrepreneurship programming with the creation of Grow Clark County, which has seen major successes in highlighting our community’s fastest growing companies, connecting business owners to networks of mentors and funders, and celebrating our innovative startup community. Creation of infrastructure has also been key in our efforts to support our region becoming a hi-tech hub: collaboration with our public and private partners, including the City of Camas and City of Vancouver, to create the Innovation Partnership Zone, supporting new development and redevelopment of existing space into high-demand creative office space that supports high-speed internet and robust IT systems, in addition to leveraging the assets of our K-12 and higher education partners to build a dynamic pipeline of well-educated and highly qualified professionals in the fields computer sciences, engineering, digital media, and mobile development.