July 30, 2019 2:24pm
CBRE REPORT TAPS LOUISVILLE AS EMERGING MARKET FOR TECH TALENT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 30, 2019) — CBRE’s Scoring Tech Talent, an analysis of labor market conditions, cost and quality for highly skilled tech workers, presented good news for greater Louisville, recognizing the city as an emerging market for tech talent.
“This national recognition identifies greater Louisville as the one of the top up-and-coming tech talent markets in the southeast,” said Kent Oyler, president and CEO of Greater Louisville Inc. “Through Live in Lou, our talent attraction initiative, GLI is committed to building recruitment capacity and support for our region and accelerate growth and innovation for our emerging #TechCity.”
“This recognition shows Louisville’s narrative is changing from the smokestacks of the past to the terabytes of the future and is a testament to the intentional work Louisville Metro and its partners have done to support Louisville’s tech sector and tech entrepreneurs,” said Mary Ellen Wiederwohl, chief of Louisville Forward. “Through new tech training programs and new partnerships with major tech companies Microsoft and IBM, we are putting in the necessary roadwork to raise our status as a top city for tech.”
“It’s nice to see national recognition of the momentum around Louisville’s tech sector. Code Louisville, a software development training program we’ve been running since 2014, has had record class sizes lately and its graduates have been hired by over 200 companies,” said Michael Gritton, executive director of KentuckianaWorks. “Later this year we’re launching Tech Louisville, which will train 300 people locally to be certified IT support professionals. These kinds of innovative training programs along with investments from Microsoft, Google, IBM, JPMorgan Chase and our own Metro Government are creating the right conditions for Louisville to emerge as a major technology hub in the region.”
About Louisville Forward
Louisville Forward is an integrated approach to economic and community development, combining business attraction, expansion and retention activities, and talent and workforce attraction, with all of the city’s real estate development, land use and planning and design functions to present a unified solution for job growth and quality of place. Louisville Forward has announced projects totaling $5.6 billion of investment and roughly 25,000 new jobs since 2014. Visit Louisvilleky.gov/louisvilleforward for more information. Find us on LinkedIn and Instagram by searching Louisville Forward and on Twitter using @LouForward.
As the Louisville Region’s Workforce Development Board, KentuckianaWorks helps job seekers find quality careers, education, and training and connects employers with skilled workers. KentuckianaWorks’ programs, which include Code Louisville, Kentuckiana Builds, the local Kentucky Career Centers, and others, helped create over $61 million in added payroll last year. To learn more about KentuckianaWorks visit www.kentuckianaworks.org.