The Axios piece quotes Brookings’ Mark Muro, a co-author of the report saying;
“Tech jobs drive innovation, pay well, and have substantial multipliers, for local economies and the national one.”
Source: Brookings Institute analysis of Emsi Burning Glass Data
The Brookings report went on to outline the necessity of state funding as it relates to continued growth within the sector. “Renewed state investments in public higher education will be necessary in building up new tech hubs”. The writers go on to recommend four things to ensure strong growth within the tech sector:
- Developing a skilled, abundant and diverse digital workforce.
- Providing excellent broadband connectivity.
- Cultivating a vibrant tech community with plentiful networking opportunities and acceleration programs.
- Crafting an excellent quality of place, complete with top-notch schools, parks and greenspace, bike lanes and co-working spaces.
Virginia’s New River Valley: Virginia’s New River Valley is an eclectic mix of interconnected small towns that each offer their own unique vibe and appeal. The region provides an abundance of cultural and social offerings due to the presence of three world-class universities, while retaining the charm and benefits of small town living. The NRV is home to a diverse and innovative business community with companies that range from high-tech startups to foreign-based corporations to specialty agribusiness. These organizations benefit from the collaborative spirit of our region and a loyal, highly-skilled, and educated workforce. The scenic beauty of the region also fosters a deep connection to nature, which is deepened by access to outdoor recreation and the preservation of our natural environment. It’s clear why Virginia’s New River Valley is “A Natural Fit.”
Onward NRV: Onward NRV is a public/private, regional economic development organization whose mission is to attract and retain world class jobs, investment, and talent in Virginia’s New River Valley. It’s also a movement where leaders from business, government, and higher education work together to promote the economic vitality of the region.