Nashville’s Tech Community is Growing, Focus on Innovation & Equality
MTSU Jobs Report Analyses Region’s Unique Creative Tech Profile
Today, the Greater Nashville Technology Council hosted its 2018 NTC Annual Meeting to more than 300 members of the region’s tech community at the Bell Tower in downtown Nashville. Qualifacts Systems is one of Nashville’s local tech success stories and is the Presenting Sponsor of this year’s Annual Meeting.
The morning program was kicked off by Ashford Hughes, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer in the Office of Mayor David Briley.
Dr. Amy Harris, Associate Professor in the Department of Information Systems & Analytics at the Jones College of Business, Middle Tennessee State University presented her State of Middle Tennessee Tech 2018 Report.
“The number of tech jobs has grown by 30% over the past five years and is expected to outpace the national average in next five years. If we are going to address the tech talent needs of today – and tomorrow – then we need insight into what those needs are,” explained Harris. “This report is an important first step toward providing that insight, and hopefully the beginning of a coordinated and sustained effort by the Nashville tech community to create the ideal environment for continued growth.”
The study examines traditional tech, cross-discipline analytics and design occupations, as well as tech workers that fuel other industries in our region. The analysis shows a strong demand for tech talent and that Middle Tennessee’s tech community is rapidly expanding and attracting new business. The full report can be found here: https://techcouncil.wpengine.com/2018techreport
The report was just part of the excitement. Brian Moyer, President and CEO of the Greater Nashville Tech Council, provided his State of the Tech Industry Address and put into context how the jobs growth goes hand-in-hand with making the Tennessee a place to start a business, innovate, and make a better living.
“Technology is not only the leader in economic growth and opportunity in Middle Tennessee, it is a great equalizer,” said Brian Moyer, President and CEO of the Greater Nashville Technology Council. “The NTC is hosting new professional development programs, educating and inspiring students to pursue careers in tech, and launching Apprenti TN – Tennessee’s first tech apprenticeship program, to help those who are underemployed find a pathway into a new tech career. The Greater Nashville Technology Council is doing its part to ensure these higher-paying tech jobs are available to all.”
A summary of the work of the NTC and its members in the community can be found in the 2018 NTC Annual Report, which can be found here.
Also announced at the Annual Meeting was the 2018 NTC Hall of Fame inductee, Dr. Kevin Johnson, Chief Informatics Officer, Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Johnson is an internationally-respected developer and evaluator of clinical information technology, and a leader in the medical informatics field. In his role VUMC, he has been instrumental in revolutionizing how patients, doctors and care teams share information, leading the charge to develop and implement new technologies across the organization. Johnson has been a leader and active participant in the Nashville healthcare and technology communities, serving as a Board Member of Tennessee HIMSS and taking an active role to develop the tech workforce in Middle Tennessee.
The surprise of the event was during the introduction of the event keynote speaker when Kelly King, Partner with PwC, produced a giant check for $25,000 for the NTC to help to support the NTC Lending Library! Afterwards, Shannon Schuyler, Chief Purpose Officer with PwC delivered the keynote address on “How Diversity & Inclusion Drives Digital Innovation.”
Schuyler followed up her thought-provoking speech with a discussion on diversity in the workplace with Jaynee Day, President & CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank, Janessa Cox-Irvin, head of Diversity & Inclusion at AllianceBerstein, Chris Bayham, CIO of Change Healthcare, and Logan Steen, Regional HR Consultant / Site Director with Dell Nashville.
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Thanks to Annual Meeting Gold Sponsors: Bedroc, Flexential, PwC, RingCentral, and WeWork