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Advancing the Regional Business Plan: Collaborating to meet Tampa Bay’s IT workforce needs

June 27, 2012

Tampa Bay economic development groups are working together on an information technology (IT) workforce gap analysis project to:

  • Identify the specific tech skills needed by area companies,
  • Find ways to train and provide work experience to more people in those skills, and
  • Foster systematic and clear communication between Tampa Bay schools, community colleges and universities and local companies about current and future workforce needs.

The goal, as noted in a recent Tampa Bay Times article, is to align workforce development to the needs of business while presenting the greater Tampa Bay region as one of the more cutting edge players in technology.  Research data and the resulting strategies and tactics will be developed over the next two months and delivered to the community in late August.

Project collaborators include the Tampa Bay Partnership, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Pinellas County Economic Development, Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF), WorkNet Pinellas, Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance, and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council. Additional support is provided by the Central Florida Development Council, Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, Hernando County Office of Business Development, Manatee Economic Development Corporation, and Pasco Economic Development Council.

This project was developed in response to local tech companies having trouble finding the “right talent” to fill their open positions – proof that Tampa Bay has the high-wage sustainable jobs that will drive our economy now and in the future.  According to a Tampa Bay Business Journal article, there are about 700 open jobs in technology fields in Tampa Bay, and the three major colleges that feed this sector with entry-level employees produce about 400 graduates every year.

If you are an employer of IT workers, please take a moment to complete this survey:  Additionally, please feel free to share this link with your networks so that the project team might paint the most comprehensive picture of the Tampa Bay IT workforce as possible.

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