EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- After starting plans about a year ago, the Chippewa Valley High-Tech Alliance officially kicked off Tuesday in Eau Claire.
"Really getting people to think of the Chippewa Valley as a high-tech sector as a place for high-tech professionals to come and work and live," said Jim Ward with CVHTA.
The CVHTA consists of technology based companies, which are teaming up to attract and retain employees.
"Let the talent know we're open for business and definitely look to here before you go to the big city to work in high-tech," said Ward.
The alliance wants this area to be known as the Silicon Valley of the Midwest, letting graduates from local universities and technical colleges know you don't have to move away to work in technology.
"People can stay here, have opportunities to provide for their families and enjoy the great outdoors we have in the Midwest and really attract keep that talent in the area," said Jane Lewis with CVHTA.
The alliance's initial goals are to grow its membership and launch a campaign to market the reason as a force in technology. The alliance said it's in the best interest of all the tech companies to work together to increase the pool of employees.
"Literally goes beyond the competitive and looks together as one unique unit to see the positive aspects of each one of us that we are stronger together than we are apart," said Jane Lewis.
The group also wants to invite other Chippewa Valley businesses looking to employ high-tech workers to join the effort.
Companies in the CVHTA include Intel, Applied Data Consultants, JAMF, IDEXX, Realityworks, RAI Stone Group, Superion Technology, JB Systems, Satellite Six, Cray, Draft Design House, Entropy Multimedia, Evrisko Systems, and SGI.