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Can The CLE Really Be A Tech Career Destination?

Brad Nellis |

Our region really has a lot going for it:  great cost of living, beautiful surroundings, amazing museums, (mostly) professional sports teams and more.

And in the tech world here, we’ve got a really vibrant entrepreneurial community, from start-ups to mature coupled with a significant number of large, enterprise IT shops.

So why do we struggle to get people here?  And how can we compete with other markets (that we KNOW we’re better than!)?

Last week, we started work to address that marketing problem by hosting the first ever NEO Tech Talent Summit. We teamed up with Global Cleveland, Team NEO and Regional IT Engagement and hosted about 70 local tech executives and entrepreneurs. 

Our guests heard some great presentations from Ted Griffith of JobsOhio, Dawn Larzelere from Governor Kasich’s Office of Workforce Transformation and Jacob Duritsky, Research/Strategy VP at TeamNEO.  These folks laid the groundwork for a half-day working session with our execs and entrepreneurs to define NEOs strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and messaging regarding attracting tech talent.

TeamNEO secured group facilitators for the working sessions and we’ll be issuing a report out on the these phase 1 results shortly.  Ultimately, our goal is to hone messaging and secure funding or other support to more aggressively market NEO and attract more tech talent to the region.

We’ll continue to share information on progress of this effort, but in the meantime, here’s a podcast of the presentations from the day.