Techlandia September 2017 - Page 15

Techlandia 13 VANCOUVER, WA Why it should be on your radar: While Vancouver, Washington, used to suffer a bad rap as Portland’s boring neighbor across the Columbia, the past several years have brought big changes to the city. A massive waterfront redevelopment, rapid growth of the local restaurant and brewing scene, a small-but-diverse downtown area, and access to affordable housing near Portland have driven up Vancouver’s desirability as a place to live and work. Vancouver THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE Why it should be on your radar: Over the past decade more than 50 tech businesses have set up their headquarters or opened branch locations in the town of Hood River. Located on the banks of the Columbia River, the town is known for its vineyards, world-class windsurfing, stunning mountain views and orchards. Now the city is a hub for aerospace technology, hardware and software, and alternative energy technology. Insitu, a major drone manufacturer, along with Hood Technology, Cloud Cap Technology and Sagetech call the town home. Nearby in The Dalles, Google recently opened a 30-acre server farm, signaling that growth in the Gorge’s tech community will only continue. Hood River BEND Why it should be on your radar: Bend is known for scenic beauty and 22 breweries, but this destination city also has an entrepreneurial community. It is home to established tech companies and startups in several sectors, including software development, hardware, bioscience and data centers. AQUO, Ballard Power Systems and G5 are all headquartered in Bend. The city also boasts a local venture capital firm, Seven Peaks Ventures, which earlier this year was recognized as the most active venture fund by a number of deals in the state, as well as local angel investing network Cascade Angels. Each fall, Bend hosts the state’s largest angel investing conference, the Bend Venture Conference. Bend at night