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Tech Perceptions: What Does The Industry Want?

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Growing the tech talent base, enhancing R&D tax treatments, and better connectedness with legislators lead the list of interests of tech leaders in Cleveland and Cincinnati.

In a joint survey with The Circuit, Cincinnati’s IT association, we asked tech leaders in our respective regions, CIOs and entrepreneurs, to share their thoughts on different issues affecting the industry.  The Ohio Tech Leaders:  2015 Tech Issues Report offers insight into that survey.

We also asked for their general impression on the state’s support for the industry.  But more on that in a minute.

Not surprisingly, tech talent rose to the top of the list of important issues to be dealt with.  But somewhat surprisingly, within that talent continuum, attracting IT workers from other states was very highly ranked in terms of importance.  Surprising in that consistently, we here how difficult it is to get folks in from outside the region; maybe tech leaders are ready to kick that notion to the curb.

On the other end of the spectrum, increased support for start-up tech firms and funding software development boot camps were comparatively lower ranked.  To be sure, the majority of respondents felt those two aspects of state support for the industry were important, just not as important as other areas.

Check out the rankings of issues in the report here.

We’ll use this data to inform our conversations with legislators and policy makers in this region, in Columbus and in DC, as will The Circuit in their region.  We’ll also work to arrange more frequent meetings between elected officials in this region and our tech companies.  Fostering better connectedness could lead to more positive outcomes for the industry legislatively.

And finally, how do tech leaders here and 240 miles southwest feel about state support for tech in general?  Not that great to be quite honest and a little blunt.  When asked about the adequacy of state support, most respondents, 49% in fact, were neutral while 19% were positive and 31% were negative.  We’d certainly love to see those perceptions change with more beneficial support from Columbus and around the state.  Stay tuned!