LANE COUNTY TECH COLLABORATIVE
See highlights of the video from Lane Workforce Partnership’s Tech Collaborative meeting held on June 17, 2015. Six Tech Collaborative Response Teams focused on issues relating to growing and sustaining the tech industry in Lane County.
In February 2015, the Lane County Sector Strategy Team reached out to Tech Company Executives and CEO’s and invited them to convene to discuss opportunities for expansion and to identify issues that inhibit the growth and/or stability of the tech industry in the city of Eugene and in the greater county of Lane. More than 30 local leaders attended the event. The group decided to form six ‘Tech Collaborative Response Teams’ to identify and address the following objectives:
- Create Business Driven Computer Science Curriculum in Local Colleges
- Improve Quality of K-12 Education (Lane ESD website)
- Increase Internet Speed in Downtown Eugene (October 9, 2016 Register Guard Article)
- Improve Eugene/Springfield Downtown Image & Safety (Downtown Eugene Inc. website)
- Improve Air Travel Options In and Out of the Region (Eugene Airport website)
- Brand and Market Lane County (Travel Lane County website)
Why focus on Tech? Here’s why…
Lane County is home to over 400 tech companies, which employ 4,418 people, bringing over $329 million dollars in wages to the area. The Tech Sector in Lane County is projected to grow by 1,185 jobs by the year 2024 and an additional 793 jobs will need to be replaced by that time. In order for Lane County to keep pace with the industry’s demand for skilled workers, the workforce development and education community recognized that it would have to work together to strengthen the local talent pipeline. Workforce development, education and economic development also realized that supporting this vital industry overall was an opportunity to grow the local economy and the area’s high-wage jobs.