Oakland and Orlando create tech employment opportunities
March 26, 2015
As tech companies continue to establish themselves in major innovation hubs, such as Silicon Valley, California, New York and Boston, major industry players are finding new homes across the country. When one thinks of Utah, for example, the basketball team or the state’s beautiful geology might come to mind. However, Salt Lake City and Provo, among other locales, are quickly emerging as vital tech regions.
There are other cities throughout the U.S. that are embracing the tech wave in light of the rise of cloud computing, BYOD and cybersecurity. A host of startups are taking advantage of the favorable economic conditions and investment climate to fund their concepts. As a result, there are many different employment opportunities available to tech-savvy workers.
Another tech region in the Bay Area
California’s Bay Area is widely known for its tech prowess. The reputation is derived from the aforementioned Silicon Valley along with San Francisco and even San Jose. However, according to Oakland Local, the tech scene on the other side of the Bay is growing quickly as well.
The news outlet noted that because of its major influence on the area, a sense of community is a vital factor to the local tech scene in Oakland.
“If you look at the startup scene in New York versus the startup scene here, there’s much more of a sense of it being part of a place, a member of the larger community, whereas here technology is the entire community,” Catherine Bracy, the director of community organizing at Code for America, told the news outlet. “It is very monolithic. I can’t imagine a company like Kickstarter happening in San Francisco because the culture of the company feels very much rooted in the idea of New York.”
Orlando working on tech appeal
Eric Spiegel, the CEO of Siemens U.S.A., recently said that Central Florida has plenty of potential to bolster its growing tech scene, the Orlando Sentinel reported. However, in order for that to happen, local companies must do their part to attract some of the country’s top talent.
“If they get hired out of San Francisco or New York, a lot of people think there is not much here so they’ll have to move back after they leave the company,” Orrett Davis, an executive with the Orlando Technology Association, told the publication. “We have to convince people that there is more here. That is the critical component.”