A new organization made up of information technology business leaders is focusing on workforce issues in the state related to tech jobs.
The Technology Association of Nebraska (TAN) was developed because companies cannot find enough qualified workers.
TAN board president Joseph Knecht says it is a real problem throughout Nebraska.
“We were hearing this from not only a couple of the tech companies in the room, it was from all swaths of industries,” Knecht said at the news conference to launch TAN. “It was health care, manufacturing, finance, all saying the underpinning of their companies now is technology.”
The TAN board hired Stan Pierce as its executive director, who retired from Fiserv after 33 years in the tech industry.
Pierce says companies have struggled for many years to find talented employees. He wants TAN to bring resources together to help businesses.
“We have such a great opportunity in Nebraska to build on the existing technology infrastructure that we already have in place and the momentum that Nebraska has around bringing and keeping technology companies in this state,” Pierce said. “You know, it’s there for the picking and we just have to continue to ride that momentum.”
TAN plans to raise the visibility of tech jobs, work with schools and policymakers, and recruit people to come to Nebraska.
Gov. Pete Ricketts, who attended the launch news conference, says workforce is on the top of mind of all executives looking at Nebraska to open shop.
“They ask, ‘Who can I hire?’ They want to know if there are qualified people here,” Ricketts said.
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:37]