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Grand Rapids ranked as future tech hub

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Downtown Grand Rapids, MI

Yahoo Finance has ranked Grand Rapids as one of the “4 Best Cities to Start a Tech Career”

The pandemic has shifted how and where individuals and corporations conduct business. Website Yahoo Finance cites a Silicon Valley tech industry exodus. Taking cost of living into account, Yahoo Finance names four cities where tech careers will thrive. Grand Rapids joins Hartford, Connecticut, Huntsville, Alabama and Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Author Andrew Lisa said Grand Rapids will be, "the most significant tech cluster in the Midwest by 2031. It is currently estimated that 5% of the economy and 5% of the jobs in Grand Rapids are currently in tech.”

“I would say that’s 6%.”

Jen Wangler is Vice President of Technology with regional nonprofit economic development organization, The Right Place.

“But we know that we’re going to have to get that to 10% if we’re going to be able to compete.”

The Right Place recently released its 10-year technology strategy.

“That aligns around talent, ecosystem and innovation and business growth.”

With a goal of creating 20,000 new jobs making West Michigan a leading tech cluster in the Midwest.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.
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