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Goertzen new president of local technology board PDF E-mail

Rick Goertzen stepped in as president of the Hamilton County Information Technology Task Force at the organization’s annual meeting in early May.

As manager of Software 4 Retail Solutions, one of two anchor tenants at the Aurora Technology Center, Goertzen noted how much the group has accomplished over the past decade.

"We’ve come a long way looking at the building and the people we’ve helped educate in terms of technology," Goertzen said.

The nonprofit organization acquired a former nursing home on G Street and converted it into the Aurora Technology Center (ATC), which is now home to several tech-related businesses. A series of Microsoft and other grants has helped equip and staff the technology center, which last year offered 70 classes for more than 650 people.

"Our focus has been on the ATC, a huge project," Goertzen noted. "The building has been completely renovated and has become a success."

Software 4 converted the southwest wing into its main offices several years ago, and the Aurora Cooperative followed that model last year, renovating four offices into eight smaller spaces now used for the cooperatives information technology staff. Three other businesses call the tech center home as well.

"Moving forward, now is a time to reflect on the original intent of this group and refocus on our mission," Goertzen added. "We need to consider what else we can provide for the community. The challenge now is to look toward other ventures."

Outgoing board president Alesa Johnson recapped what has been a busy year for the organization. She reported that a second Microsoft grant was received, worth $47,000 in software and $24,000 in cash; a new HVAC unit was installed; the Aurora Cooperative completed renovation of the east wing; and Wayne Roland used office space as a temporary tenant.

The training center also had a busy year, according to coordinator Becca Allen. In addition to the technology training classes, more than 150 people were trained for area businesses wanting to adapt to new software. The Kids Camp events also proved successful, attracting numerous youth during the summer and holiday season.

Joining Goertzen on the board’s officer slate are Bruce Jensen as vice president; Brett Faber as secretary and Deb Auch as treasurer. Other board members include Steve Jacobsen, TJ Jones, Dave Groothius, Kurt Johnson, Wade Regier, Larry Ramaekers, Alesa Johnson, Paul Forsman and newcomers Ken Horky, Thad Meyer and Phil Hupf.

Three outgoing board members were thanked for their years of service, including Tina Hunt, Wayne Roblee and Tim Obermier.

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