Our MissionThe Greater Nashville Technology Council is the leading voice and advocate for Middle Tennessee’s $7.5 billion information technology ecosystem; and the 50,000 technology professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers our region’s economy. Our mission is to strengthen and advance the technology sector by bringing together companies, philanthropies, government, universities, and talent to create opportunity and growth.
The first few years the organization operated like a true entrepreneurial endeavor, focusing on growing a base of members and providing them value. This came in the form of job market studies and professionally-produced events on topics that tech companies and IT departments of larger businesses wanted to learn about. The NTC saw a clear need to foster the growth of tech businesses in the region. The Nashville Angel Network began as initiative of the NTC and later evolved into the Nashville Capital Network. The NCN along with the first Tech Titans — early larger-scale contributors to the NTC’s mission — created awareness and a buzz around investing in technology in Nashville.
Another way the NTC provided value to its members and the region was through the T3 Initiative. Started under NTC President Jeff Costantine, “Turning the Tide of Technology” was a creatively named effort to help the local technology industry find qualified job applicants. The NTC formed relationships with area universities to help guide curricula that met the demands of the growing number of tech jobs available. Under Costantine between 2005-2008, Tech Council membership grew from 125 to 315, thanks to regular technology roundtable discussions, programming like TechVille — an innovation showcase of tech companies and people in Nashville — and TechNashville — a day of panel discussions with keynotes by Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen and healthcare innovator Healthways.
By late 2008, the NTC was ready for new challenges. A Nashville Chamber study on entrepreneurship was the starting point for newly-appointed NTC President Tod Fetherling to develop the concept of a “front door” for entrepreneurs in Nashville. Working with allies like the Chamber, the Nashville Capital Network, Vanderbilt accelerator and other private funders, the NTC developed the plan, raised the funds for, and successfully launched the Nashville Entrepreneur Center on August 1, 2010, on the same street as Nashville’s famous honkey-tonk, at 105 Broadway. During Fetherling’s tenure, the NTC launched numerous events including the annual NTC Awards to celebrate Nashville’s tech movers and shakers, two “Naked Hospital” events focused on transparency and data in the healthcare industry, and membership breakfasts including hosting then Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Coordination among different organizations to address missed opportunities and inefficiencies is what Liza Massey brought to the table as she lead the NTC starting in 2011. The NTC & the Nashville Chamber consolidated job boards into one under WorkIT. The community worked together to find ways to rapidly train job applicants for software development and begin to integrate technology learning into public school class rooms.
In 2013, NTC’s President and CEO Bryan Huddleston took the reigns of the organization. In 2015 the NTC was recipient of a multi-year State of Tennessee’s LEAP grant, to fund the IT Pathway Collaborative to address the challenges of the job candidate “IT skills gap” by promoting technology career opportunities. The project spurred the creation of NTC’s We Build Tech platform: a network of training & employment tools that create a pipeline of talent in Nashville so it can become a center for technology-based innovation and development. The Nashville Technology Council became the White House’s lead in Nashville for the TechHire program to work together to develop new ways to recruit and place applicants based on their actual skills and to create more fast track tech training opportunities.
Current President & CEO Brian Moyer took over in 2016. Since that time, membership has grown to close to 500; we rebranded as the ‘Greater’ Nashville Technology Council to emphasize our leadership and representation of the regional tech ecosystem; opened Tech Hill Commons, a 9,500 square foot space that serves as the living room, conference room, classroom, and auditorium for the Middle Tennessee’s tech community; added a board-level Diversity and Inclusion committee; launched the Veterans Peer Group; partnered with NashDevOps to create the NashDevOps Peer Group; created the Technology Community Leaders Council (TCLC) made up of the leaders of all the area tech-focused meetups and user groups; launched the Emerging Leaders in Technology (ELITE) peer group; and launched ApprentiTN, the first tech apprenticeship program in the southeast.
And the best is still to come…
NTCF raises funds to support the NTC’s talent development initiatives to enhance the technology programs available to students in Middle Tennessee.