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Report indicates area's technology sector continues growth toward becoming a Midwestern tech hub

Downtown Grand Rapids, MI
The Right Place
Downtown Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids Tech Week launches Thursday.

In 2021, regional economic development organization, The Right Place, launched a 10-year strategy positioning Grand Rapids as a Midwestern tech hub. Enlisting 300 area leaders, a strategy was deployed with a goal of achieving 10% regional employment within the tech sector. That would require 20,000 tech sector jobs over the next decade.

The nonprofit has released an annual progress report citing the creation of 3,352 tech jobs toward the 20,000 goal.

In the Grand Rapids area there’s been an 82% increase in the number of tech job postings between 2020 and 2022 with a median advertised salary of $90 thousand.

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.