Category: Technology

Communities are Combating Climate Change and Joblessness at the Same Time

Besides the obvious danger climate change poses to our environment, it’s also dangerous for our economy. But more communities are striving to address both climate change and workforce development by supporting industries that are beneficial for the environment.

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Black Tech Workers and Entrepreneurs are Flocking to Atlanta

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Diversity in the tech industry has unfortunately been stagnant in Silicon Valley, leading black tech workers and business leaders to Atlanta where they feel they have a more supportive and diverse business climate.

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How to Help Workers in the Transition to Automation

Approximately 36 million workers will be affected by automation in future decades. How can we prepare our workforce to work alongside and with automation, rather than lose workers to robots?

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9.5 Million Workers Will Be Affected by the AV Industry

Discussion around the autonomous vehicle industry usually focuses on the jobs it will destroy, without considering the millions of jobs it will create to support, maintain, program, and monitor AVs.

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Site Selection Trends in the Technology Industry

This article was originally published in Trade & Industry Development.

By Chris Engle, Principle, Avalanche Consulting

The technology industry has become one of the most dominant drivers of the U.S. economy today, as it permeates more aspects of consumer life and business strategy. Urgency now exists for companies to identify the best technology workforce to ensure dominance in their field. Despite low levels of unemployment, there is still fear that technology and automation will soon start to displace workers at levels never before seen (at least those tasks that can be automated). When Marc Andreessen famously said in 2011, “Software is eating the world,” he could have continued the sentence with, “and is coming to eat your lunch.”

Defining the technology industry is difficult in the age of pervasive ecommerce and business process optimization. This article reviews trends in new technologies and how they are changing the competitive landscape for technology producers – those industries such as software development and electronics manufacturing that deliver the technology products that everyone uses. It will also discuss trends in technology workforce, both where they are located today and where top technology graduates can be found. Finally, the article will offer strategic insights to help technology companies as well as technology-driven companies find their best locations for long-term success. Continue reading “Site Selection Trends in the Technology Industry”

Technology Drivers and Disruptors

By Chris Engle, Principal
Avalanche Consulting

The Technology industry has become one of the most dominant drivers of the US economy today, as it permeates more aspects of consumer life and business strategy. An urgency now exists for communities to develop their best technology workforce to ensure competitiveness – both for their local companies and their communities. Still, despite low levels of unemployment, many fear a future in which technology and automation starts to displace workers at levels never before seen, putting economic developers’ job creation mandate in peril.  When Marc Andressen famously said that “Software is eating the world” in 2011, he could have finished with “…and is coming to eat your lunch.”

In this article, we review trends in new technologies and how they are changing the competitive landscape for technology producers and the communities that house them. We also examine trends in technology workforce, both where they are located today and where top technology graduates are being generated.  Finally, we offer strategic insights to economic developers to ensure their communities are on the winning side of technology. Continue reading “Technology Drivers and Disruptors”