Tech job growth and its diverse locations

May 14, 2015

diverseMany different tech cities have reaped the benefits of the recent tech job growth and the surging demand for corporate technologies such as cloud computing. However, Boston, San Francisco and the like are not the only places creating significant tech employment growth. Regions such as Middle Tennessee and towns like Rensselaer, New York, are establishing new initiatives that will spark tech job growth. And if the economy maintains its upward trajectory, as most analysts predict it will, hiring rates could continue to rise.

Middle Tennessee pushes local tech industry forward
Proof of the tech sector’s widespread growth can be found in Middle Tennessee, where the number of tech job openings in the region nearly doubled last year, according to The Tennessean.

In a recent report, the Nashville Technology Council noted that Middle Tennessee added more than 2,200 tech employees in 2014 and available positions increased from 872 in 2014 to a total of 1,548 this year.

“Recruiting students to acquire new skills or obtain degrees and certificates will be key for the development of our technology workforce,” Bryan Huddleston, CEO of the Nashville Technology Council said in the report according to the publication. “As you review cities across the state and cities of peer size, it is important that this region continues to invest in education so that workforce supply meets business demand.”

There were 23,000 IT jobs in the region last year, and the sector has been catalyzed from several different sources, The Tennessean reported. The amount of software developers rose by 12 percent to match the impressive growth rates in Austin, Texas, and Louisville, Kentucky. Meanwhile, the number of tech support specialists and computer systems analysts grew by 11 percent.

According to the news outlet, the White House recently selected the Nashville Technology Council as part of its tech hiring initiative – the IT Pathway Collaborative – which will create 300 paid internships.

Town in upstate New York fosters tech job growth
The Albany Business Review reported that a new initiative in Rensselaer, New York, the town on the other side of the Hudson River from Albany, the state’s capital, will bring more tech jobs to the region.

Alain Kaloyeros, the president and CEO of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, announced the initiative, which will also include housing development on the riverfront. Standing alongside Dan Dwyer, the mayor of Rensselaer, Kaloyeros spoke about the potential economic benefits of the plan. He also mentioned the significant value of the $20 billion SUNY Polytechnic campus in Albany, which has created more than 3,500 science and research jobs in the past 15 years. He projected the new program to create 500 jobs in the area.

“We have a footprint now that the governor has built from Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Utica all the way to Albany,” Kaloyeros told the news outlet. “Kiernan Plaza is one of our hubs. Part of what we’re doing is trying to help revive the urban core. It was logical for us and the governor to say the next step is now look across the river and work with the city of Rensselaer to expand investment.”

The city of Rensselaer and a group of officials from the school will decide how to best make use of the plot of land, which is approximately 25 acres. It could lead to a high-tech research and development center or advanced manufacturing spaces. Either way, job growth is imminent and some kind of housing development will likely be part of the plan.

“A lot of the issues is when [companies] want to move employees here, they want to know where they will live,” Kaloyeros told the news outlet.