For many years, Atlanta has done its best to cultivate a strong tech scene. Low rents, the presence of large corporations, and cool office space for startups have all helped to attract tech companies and technologists. Now it looks like all of these efforts are paying off.
According to Burning Glass, which collects and analyzes millions of job postings across the country, Atlanta was the city with the second-highest number of tech jobs open in the past 90 days, surpassed only by the tech giant of longtime New York City. Atlanta also managed to beat Chicago, Austin, and San Francisco, which is no small feat considering the technological presence in those cities. See the full table:
Dallas, Los Angeles, Houston, Charlotte, Phoenix, Denver and other cities all had impressive performances throughout the summer in terms of tech recruiting. Is this a sign that the “old guard” of technology hubs (ie Silicon Valley, Seattle, etc.) is giving way to a new generation? Whatever your opinion on this, it’s clear that cities across the country have been successful in creating a local demand for technologists.
The rise of remote working could accelerate the growth of the tech scene in small towns. Over the past 15 months, many technologists have decided to move from ultra-expensive metropolitan areas such as Silicon Valley to lower cost of living cities (states like Texas have massively benefited from this migration). Once in their new home, many technologists may decide to start their own business (or consulting firm) or choose to work for a local business. Having more technologists in a particular location can also persuade a business to locate there, as executives feel there is enough talent to meet their long-term needs.
For small towns wishing to develop a large tech scene, it can be difficult to replicate the success of Atlanta, which benefits from its size, a well-established business scene, and the necessary resources such as a large airport and universities. . But as many metropolitan areas across the country have shown over the past decade, encouraging tech companies and technologists to take hold can eventually translate into a strong tech community – it can take a bit of time.