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 ecosystem 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.

Events – Join us at our monthly Tech Tonic networking event, where industry experts speak on a wine range of provocative tech-related topics to the Nevada County tech community.

Education – Organize engagement between education, workforce development agencies and companies that rely on technology to support their business

Recruitment– Identify and collaborate with key public and private talent sourcing 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 – Develop local employees, remote workers in Nevada County, and sole proprietors by providing training and industry expert presentations through the Connected Communities Academy. Organize, host and facilitate meet ups and events that promote innovation and learning with peers. Proud co-organizers of Nevada County VR Meetup and FreeCode Camp. Collaborate with and support the 13+ existing local initiatives.

Advocacy – Ensure that the voice of tech business in our county is amplified and industry needs are heard. Demonstrate public support for efforts that ensure a successful tech business climate.

Next Gen Sector Partnerships from Next Gen Sector Partnerships on Vimeo.

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