History at a Glance:

 2009 – Launched pilot program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – funding through National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant and the Elsevier Foundation’s New Scholar’s program.

  • 2010– Transitioned to independent nonprofit, fee-for-service based company delivering services across industry sectors throughout Capital Region of New York
  • 2012 – Grew from 12 large employers to working with over 45 local intuitions and companies.
  • 2013 – NSF offers Work–Life Balance supplemental grant for other ADVANCE awardees. UC Davis and University of Maine hire Angela McNerney to replicate TVC business model
  •  2013 – Developed Cultural Transition Programming
  •  2014- Association of Women in Science published Equitable Solutions for Retaining a STEM Workforce, Best Practices & Beyond; recognizing Tech Valley Connect.
  •  2014 – Presented business model at Dual Career Symposium at University of Texas Pan Am
  •  2015 –Metrics reveal 92% of participating original hires stayed in their positions while spouse/partners found jobs 39% faster than the national average
  •  2016 – Grew organization to working with over 65 employers. Transitioned this revenue generating and financially self sustaining program to regional economic development agency (Center for Economic Growth).
  • 2017 – Now replicating model in U.S.

Tech Valley Connect originated as a pilot project at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2009.  Funded by both the Elsevier Foundation’s New Scholar Program and the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE grant, this program was able to launch at the university level and in January of 2010 transition into an independent nonprofit serving over 65 employers in the Capital Region of New York State. In February 2016, the success of the program was recognized by the Center for Economic Growth (CEG) – the Capital Region’s economic development corporation and soon after  the services transitioned under CEG’s leadership to offer access from a much larger platform (190 employers), furthering the growth of this initiative. The services now offered by CEG are implemented under the  name, Talent Connect .

Currently, Angela McNerney, founder of Tech Valley Connect is offering consulting services to help other communities implement similar successful models.




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