Nebraska needs more skilled workers, especially for the growing high-tech sector.
One home-grown company has been leading the way.
Nebraska is part of the growing “Silicon Prairie,” a group of Midwestern states in which entrepreneurs have set up shop for a number of high-tech endeavors.
Hudl has become a fixture in college sports with its recruiting and highlight videos since its founding in 2006.
It needs high tech workers.
And co-founder John Wirtz says one lure is the low cost of living in Nebraska.
“So, you can come here and travel the world, do lots things with a lot more disposable income than you’re going to necessarily have trying to live and work in San Francisco, but still have an incredible environment and just have that freedom and flexibility,” Wirtz tells reporters during a recent news conference hosted by Gov. Pete Ricketts.
Hudl has called Lincoln home from the beginning, doubling in size each of its 10 years of existence. It is building a new headquarters in Lincoln. It has offices in Omaha as well.
Hudl must recruit throughout the country, drawing people away from traditional tech-friendly cities to Nebraska. He says some recruits might shy from considering the company at first blush, then warm to the prospect once they visit and see what Nebraska has to offer. Wirtz says the company has had success in drawing former Nebraskans back to their home state.
Wirtz says Nebraska has a lure of its own.
“The core of it is being around great people. I guess that would be the final message that I’d say. People want to come work with awesome people and that’s what you get here in the state.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]