| Mar 11, 2015
President Barack Obama has tapped Nashville
as one of 21 partner cities for TechHire,
a new nationwide initiative that seeks to address our country's need for more tech talent.
TechHire is a $100 million program that seeks to create more workers with in-demand skills such as software development, cybersecurity and technology engineering. Nationally, there are more than 500,000 job openings in tech-related fields. The average salary for a job that requires IT skills is 50 percent higher than average private-sector jobs, according to U.S. government data.
In Middle Tennessee, there were more than 1,300 unfilled tech positions as of 2014, up from 872 in 2013. At the Chamber, we've been focused on this high regional demand for tech skills as a key component of our overall workforce strategies for the past several years. In 2013, we launched WorkIT Nashville,
a regional initiative that seeks to attract more IT employees to Middle Tennessee through a collaborative marketing campaign and job board. We also closely partner with the Nashville Technology Council,
which will oversee the TechHire initiative locally, as well as both K-12 and higher education providers.
Middle Tennessee's tech and entrepreneurial landscape has grown exponentially in the past five years, but ...