The Technology Alliance Group (TAG) was founded as a 501(c)6 non-profit organization in 1999 and has fostered technology and innovation in NW Washington for the last 19 years. TAG has changed as the tech industry in our region has evolved, from helping businesses by advocating for broadband access and tax incentives to providing support for economic development initiatives to forming partnerships with our colleges to bridge the gap between business and academia.
Today, TAG has more than 3,000 stakeholders and is committed to its mission is engage, inspire and support the local tech community.
Community Connections + Events
Working with all types of local professionals and companies as well as our local and state representatives to build our tech community with events that attract business leaders from around the NW, different networking opportunities and a variety of professional development activities.
Infrastructure + Economic Development
Advocating for the tech community’s access to improved tech and business infrastructure and sitting on the Port of Bellingham, Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Choose Whatcom advocacy and economic development groups.
TAG is a 501(c)6 organization that advocates to local, state and federal government representatives for policies and laws that strengthen and support all tech companies and their ability to do business (taxes, facilities, parking, traffic).
Workforce + Educational Development
Working with our region’s higher education institutions to ensure we have a well-trained and skilled talent base for companies to draw on for employees.
WHAT’S COMING IN 2019
1. ANNUAL EVENTS
- Predictions with Mark Anderson – Winter
Each January this event draws 150+ attendees from throughout our region, with expanded reach through live streaming.
- Tech Expo + Job Fair – Spring
Timed to be in-line with internship and new year hiring schedules, this annual event attracts over 350 industry professionals, job seekers, students and community members who highlight success stories, connect and learn about our innovative tech community.
- Tech Bash Scholarship Fundraiser – Summer
Each summer TAG holds this event to raise money for 5 local college scholarships awarded in late-June and to celebrate our tech community.
- Tech Summit – Fall
Held in late fall, Tech Summit is the premier technology conference in NW Washington. Attracting more than 25 speakers and 100 attendees, Tech Summit is TAG’s main annual event.
2. MONTHLY EVENTS
- Tech Talks
Returning in 2019: Monthly lunch time tech talks, inviting speakers from the Cascadia Innovation Corridor to present innovative and inspiring presentations to our local community.
- Evening Socials
New in 2019: Expanding opportunities to connect, share, and learn more about each other and the organizations promoting the TAG mission.
- Student Tech Talks
Working with Western Washington University and Whatcom Coummity College, TAG will be working with local tech companies to help them engage with students in the computer science and related tech fields.
- TAG Community Groups
We are helping to bring together different groups within our local tech community who share common interests or work in similar fields to have recurring meet-ups.
3. OTHER PLANS:
- Membership Benefits
We are currently working to improve TAG Membership benefits to provide greater incentives to join our organization and community.
- C-Level Gatherings
These informal gatherings will provide tech leaders with a regular opportunity to come together and exchange ideas.
- Communicating TAG’s Territory
We aim to broaden our territory to more clearly welcome businesses, organizations and individuals outside of Whatcom County.
- Communicating TAG’s Scope
A fresh new take on defining “technology” will broaden our partnering industries and associations, and allow for more opportunities for participation.
- Student Appathons
Working with business partners and government organizations, we plan to host high school and college appathon challenges.
- Have fun!