The Nashville Technology Council and CareerBuilder have released their latest report on the state of Nashville's technology jobs market. The short version: Employment rose by 2,200 people and the number of openings grew 9 percent to more than 1,500. But closing the gap between the region's supply and demand — one of the NTC team's biggest priorities — remains a big challenge because the region isn't yet producing enough degreed or certified tech professionals.
Check out the full report here. It also features comparisons to cities around the Southeast and shows that Nashville-area employers tend to pay a little less than their peers elsewhere in the region.
The Nashville Technology Council team members on Thursday night hosted a few hundred of their friends at their annual industry awards dinner, held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Sporting a rock and roll theme and kicked off with a blast of AC/DC's "Thunderstruck," the event honored a range of key players in Middle Tennessee's booming IT scene. Here's the rundown, with the winners followed by category finalists in parentheses:
Company of the Year: Rustici Software (Digital Reasoning, Medalogix)
Team of the Year: HCA (Digital Reasoning, Emma)
Early-Stage Company of the Year: Kalatech (InvisionHeart, Kindful)
CIO of the Year: Marty Paslick of HCA (Guy Barnard of Healthways, Andy Corts of Sarah Cannon)
CISO of the Year: Dirk Maxwell of Sitel (Bob Quandt of Healthways, Tom Ratz of Dollar General)
CTO of the Year: Jim Siegienski of iQuantifi (Edmon Begoli of PYA Analytics, Bryan Mosher of Medalogix)
Innovator of the Year: Tiffany Woosley of Homeland (Dan Hogan of Medalogix, Anthony Montgomery of LPS)
Marketing Innovator of the Year: Jeffrey Horne of Rustici Software (Erin Desman of United Structural Systems, Anne McGraw of Nissan North America)
Data Scientist of the Year: John Wagster of Digital Reasoning (Brian Johnson of Donor Bureau, Damian Mingle of WPC Healthcare)
Software Developer/Architect of the Year: Doug Hurst of Emma (Alex Berta of NSG, Chris Collins of Dollar General)
Volunteer of the Year: Colleen Hoy of Emerge Financial Wellness (Susan Lewis of Deloitte, Pryor Manning of Nissan North America)
Educator of the Year: Mary York of Overton High School (Charles Apigian of MTSU, Fortune Mhlanga of Lipscomb)
Student of the Year: Cameron Lowry of Lipscomb (Ellie Fitzpatrick of Harpeth Hall, Geoffrey Gross of Belmont)
The Nashville Technology Council has been awarded an $850,000 state grant to team up with Nashville State Community College on post-secondary degree and certificate programs in the area. The Labor Education Alignment Program money will help the Tech Council team deliver more skilled IT professionals to the market. Also winning a LEAP grant was the North Tennessee Workforce Board, which includes Sumner and Williamson counties as well as nine others to the west of Nashville.
The Nashville Technology Council is partnering with the Tennessee Board of Regents to prepare a grant that will provide technology education, internships and job placement services to unemployed Tennessee citizens. The goal is to have 100 people start internships either later this year or in 2015. But the two organizations need letters of intent from businesses prepared to take on interns — by Monday. Click here for more info.
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