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What is the Nevada County Tech Connection

The NC Tech Connection is modeled after the “Next Generation Sector Partnerships”. These are partnerships of businesses from the same industry and in a shared labor market, that work with education, workforce development, economic development and community organizations to address the workforce and other competitiveness needs of the targeted industry.

The tech business executives and local talent along with our education and workforce agencies have participated in multiple focus groups and chosen to focus on the following areas:

Marketing – Proudly promote the Nevada County tech eco-system in order to build awareness and connectivity locally as well as showcase the region as a desirable destination in Northern California for tech start ups and employees. This is a central location where we proudly shine a light on our tech businesses, local talent and initiatives.

Education – This task force focuses on organized engagement between education, workforce development agencies and companies that rely on technology to support their business

Recruitment– On an ongoing basis, identify and collaborate with key public and private talent sourcing pipeline initiatives to attract and retain talent in Nevada County. This includes recruitment and engagement of interns, new hires and retention of existing staff

Talent Development – Focused on existing tech talent that are either employees, remote workforce located in Nevada County or sole proprietors looking to scale up their business. Create and provide training sessions, courses, workshops and industry expert presentation through the Connected Communities Academy. Organize, host and facilitate meet ups and events that promote innovation and learning with peers. Collaborate with and support the 13 + existing local initiatives

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Our Partners, Task Force Members

Since we began the project in September of 2016, the Tech Connection has held bi-monthly meetings for all of our partners along side of focused meetings with our tech talent community, our educational and training participants and our workforce development community. In that time we have gathered valuable support and enthusiasm for this endeavor. We look forward to what we as a thoughtful group of engaged community members can create when we all sit around the table and work toward common goals.

The NC Tech Connection Steering Team

Jonathan Palmer – Autometrix
Michael Anderson – ClientWorks 
James Hipkin – Red8 Interactive
Andy Casano – Nevada City Engineering
Jon Gregory – Nevada County Economic Resource Council
Shavati Karki-Pearl – Connected Communities Academy

In partnership with:
Autometrix, Burning Violin Studios, Red8Interactive, Clientworks, Spiral Internet, AJA Video Systems, Grass Valley – A Belden Brand, Telestream, Gyro Stabalized Systems, Nevada City Engineering, High Sierra Electronics, Jobville, Baldock and Associates, Zap Manufacturing, Shelly’s Smart Shopper and Talent Connection Task Force

Supported by:
Northern Rural Training and Employment Consortium, Sierra Business Council, Business and Career Network, Connecting Point, Sierra College, Nevada Joint Union High School District

An initiative of:  Nevada County Economic Resource Council

The Nevada County Tech Connection is looking for members from local tech businesses, and independent professionals like yourself, that are interested in getting involved in helping to shape the growing tech business eco-system in our area.

Opportunities exist to be part of an on-going task force or get together with fellow partners and champion an initiative that interests you and that falls within the scope of this project. If  you’re interested in participating, please contact us at


Technology Related Initiatives in Nevada County

CONNECTED COMMUNITIES ACADEMY:  The Academy is holding a Web Development class every Monday and Thursday, 5:30 – 7:30 PM from April 10 – May 18. The class is being hosted by Alan Moore and will teach you how to use HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to create web apps

ACME ROBOTICS: FTC team #8367, ACME Robotics, is comprised of seven members from grades 8-11 from various schools in the rural Nevada City and Grass Valley area. They operate privately and are completely independent of any school financially.

TALENT CONNECTION: ERC created this initiative to recruit, develop and retain talent for local companies that rely on technology to support their business. Initially, the Talent Connection Task Force will focus on broadcast, video, healthcare, and the arts.

TAHOE SILICON MOUNTAIN: Have an entrepreneur’s meetup on the first Friday of every month. It is an opportunity to share what you are working on and ask for/offer insights and resource suggestions to solve problems. They are also holding a meeting on Monday, April 10th at Pizza on the Hill in Truckee. Rachel Arst McCullough, Co-founder of Tahoe Silicon Mountain and Owner of McCullough Web Services, will be sharing takeaways from the conference on creating and building healthy and sustainable entrepreneurship ecosystems in mountain towns.

THE CURIOUS FORGE:  Nerd night is a public meetup that happens on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Curious Forge, 12400 #5 Loma Rica Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945 United States. Next one is April 12.

TRUCKEE ROUNDHOUSE: The Truckee Roundhouse is a 501(c)3 California non-profit corporation who’s mission is to run a “makerspace” in Truckee, California for the benefit of our entire community.

VIRTUAL REALITY MEET-UP:  NCVR meets every Wednesday from 7:00 – 9:00 at the Connected Communities Academy. It’s a “hacking” session where they bring ideas and tech related to AR and VR to work on projects and talk about them. The next meetup is April 12.

DIGITAL INNOVATORS GUILD: The Digital Innovators Guild of Nevada County (DIGNC) facilitates networking, advocacy, and community building for digital creative professionals in the Grass Valley & Nevada City area.

DIGIGIG: DigiGig prepares residents in rural communities for the future of work by teaching professional-level digital literacy skills, modern communication tools and personal productivity habits needed to thrive in the modern economy.

QUIETECH ASSOCIATES: Quietech Associates, Inc. provides on-site tech solutions to businesses and individuals throughout Nevada county since 1986, and also offers a storefront (The Geek Boutique) with new and refurbished computers, lots of classes, and a full-time tech.

NEVADA CITY FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAMS: NCFF screens over 60 films, including comedies, dramas, documentaries, animation, and international shorts, in a variety of historic locations in downtown Nevada City.

NEVADA COUNTY HACKERS: Nevada County’s programmers, software developers, and scalable tech business founders are getting together for hackathons, help, support, and fun.

NEVADA COUNTY FREE CODE CAMP: Nevada County Free Code Camp an open source community that helps you learn to code, then practice by building projects for nonprofits.