Tech901 is hearing a consistent message from Memphis-area employers: tech-trained workers are in very high demand here in the River City.
ER2 Electronic Responsible Recyclers, an e-waste recycling operation headquartered in Mesa, Arizona, is investing $1.8 million to open a 69,000 square-foot electronics (e-waste) recycling facility in downtown Memphis, bringing 65 tech jobs to the Mid-South area.
Yolanda Thompson will be the first to admit that her decision to become a software developer in Memphis was the result of a meandering career path. “My degree was in Sports Management, focusing on sports marketing,” she says. “Coming out of college, I worked in sports for a very short amount of time, but ended up stumbling across an article talking about the fastest growing careers in IT and I saw that programming was one of them.”
Equating Memphis with emerging technological innovation might seem odd at first. In a city that’s best known for its arts, musical heritage, and world-famous BBQ, the potential for being the next Silicon Valley doesn’t automatically come to mind. Memphis, a city with a low cost of living and exciting entrepreneurial potential is believed to have a promising economic future and is becoming increasingly known for innovation.
Tech901, a nonprofit that offers Memphians affordable training for a variety of information technology jobs, has forged a community partnership offeri...