Trilogy Innovations, Inc., headquartered in Bridgeport, WV, has made significant strides in the past 4 years to help fuel West Virginia’s economy. The technology-based software and system engineering firm has seen an average annual growth-rate of 130% since 2018 and is on track to have yet another banner year, making Trilogy one of the fastest growing IT firms in north-central West Virginia. However, this growth is no accident.
“We spent the last several years solidifying our foundation and creating key partnerships with other WV-based small businesses and industry leaders to prepare for this moment.“ The moment that Brandon Downey, Trilogy’s President and Chief Executive Officer, is referring to is the firm’s SBA 8(a) certification, which was awarded in May 2021.
Also, in February 2022, Trilogy received SBA HUBZone status, it’s second certification in less than a year. Since the ground was already laid, Trilogy was able to secure multiple Prime Contracts by leveraging their SBA certifications. Consequently, this also has led to a myriad of subcontracts with their partners across WV, VA, DC, and MD.
Trilogy’s vision to fuel WV’s economy isn’t solely based on opportunities but also enhancing access to emerging technologies and trends, as well as attracting and keeping WV’s most valuable resource, it’s people, within the state.
With assistance from their partners such as Red Hat, Trilogy was able to create an official Red Hat Training Facility and Certification Center out of their Bridgeport location (45 Professional Place, Suite 102). It is the only Red Hat Training Facility and Certification Center within a 3.5 hour driving radius.
“The people of WV can now receive training from subject matter experts and obtain industry certifications within the state”, says Shane Powers, Trilogy’s Vice President of Operations.
"Trilogy strives to fuel the economic development of our state by providing well-paying career opportunities that attract folks to return to West Virginia. As a West Virginia-based IT company, initiatives like this are extremely important to us as we continue to foster the economic growth of West Virginia.”, says Randy Cottle, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
To that end, Trilogy has relocated five employees back to West Virginia, with two of those employees hired through the West Virginia Ascend program.
In addition to creating job and relocation opportunities result, Trilogy has teamed up with West Virginia University (WVU) and Fairmont State University (FSU) to provide internship opportunities and assist in funding efforts for programs such as GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), which is a federally-funded program designed to prepare students in West Virginia to pursue and be successful in their higher education goals.
“Trilogy actively engages with these schools to provide a pipeline of fresh new talent into the industry of Information Technology government contracting that to help qualified students earn a security-clearance to fill some of these highly sought-after positions and kick-start their careers. This is yet another way to keep talent in our state and ultimately grow the economy of West Virginia.” says Stacy Downey, HR Manager at Trilogy Innovations, Inc.
In their efforts to provide Economic Diversity and keep West Virginians here in the state, Trilogy meets with the state Economic Development Office and actively works to raise awareness of all the exciting new technology jobs the state has to offer. This has led to Trilogy’s latest initiative, TECH YEAH. TECH YEAH is a technology-conference that will be held in Fairmont, WV at the Robert H. Mollohan Research Center on August 23rd, which will focus on Cybersecurity, Cloud Migration, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, Robotic Process Automation, and much more. This event will bring together stakeholders from Government agencies, IT & Research Service Providers, and high-tech software and cloud vendors.
“Our mission is to shine a light on the extensive corporate capabilities and technology-based companies we have right here in our state of West Virginia. We will have Directors and Assistant Directors speaking from agencies such as FBI, NASA, NOAA, Department of Energy (NETL), and Department of Defense (Air Force), and will also have large, medium, and small service integrators and software vendors, such as Google, IBM, Red Hat, Leidos, ManTech, Accenture, and more.” says Brandon Downey.
In working with WV State Officials, Trilogy strives to make TECH YEAH an annual event as part of Opportunity Move, which is a recruitment initiative to attract more government agencies to conduct their operations in the state that provide job opportunities and ultimately the economic growth of our state.