History

Tech Valley Connect originated at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as a pilot program under the name RAMP-Up at Rensselaer that ventured outside the walls of academia to build a collaborative effort that would enhance efforts to attract and retain professional talent.  In doing so, we focused on the plight of dual career couples. The pilot ran from July 2009 to December 2009.

In January 2010, Angela McNerney, who managed the implementation of the pilot program as Director of RAMP-Up at Rensselaer, transitioned Tech Valley Connect (TVC) into an independent non profit serving the greater Capital Region of upstate New York and surrounding Berkshires in Massachusetts.  McNerney developed a regional consortium of  employers who committed their leadership to high level informational interviews for the spouse/partners of new hires within the consortium.  These were not job interviews, but more a means to professionally network newcomers to the area – with the goal to advance the spouse/partner’s professional prospects.

As of February 1, 2016, the services provided by TVC are now being provided by the Center for Economic Growth (CEG) under the Talent Connect program. Before TVC was absolved, it had the success of a 92% retention rate for employers. CEG plans to continue that success and grow the program throughout the region.