Monday, February 5, 2018
After losing our Amazon bid because we don’t have enough tech workers, what our city is doing to strengthen our tech workforce.
When Amazon announced its shortlist for their second North American headquarters and Charlotte wasn't on it, it caused some major soul searching. The primary factor Amazon cited in their decision was a lack of available tech talent in the city.
Long known as a banking town, Charlotte's tech sector has started taking off in recent years, and considered to be one of the fastest growing tech hubs in the country – especially when it comes to financial technology, or 'Fintech.'
But compared to other markets, we're lagging behind when it comes to a strong tech workforce. One of the factors is a lack of research institutions in the area to help develop that talent. But there are organizations – including Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and UNC Charlotte – working to fill that talent gap.
With Amazon in our rearview mirror, we look at efforts to grow Charlotte's tech sector and talent pipeline to make the city more competitive and attractive to other companies.
Mark Vitner – Senior economist, Wells Fargo
Fatma Mili – Dean and Professor, College of Computing and Informatics, UNC Charlotte
Susan Gann-Carroll – Director, Career & Technical Education, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Highlights from today's show:
Fata Mili on Charlotte's research university:
Dan Roselli on how Tech Talent impacts economic mobility:
Mark Vitner on UNC Charlotte and Chapel Hill's relationship: