Regional Companies Partner to Match Tech Skills to Employers

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A group of North Louisiana businesses recently formed a new technology coalition called TechRouler. It was formed around a common challenge to identify qualified technology workers with skills ranging from software development to network engineering to technical sales and pair them up with employers.

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TechRouler formed around a common challenge to identify qualified technology workers with skills ranging from software development to network engineering to technical sales.

A group of North Louisiana businesses recently formed a new technology coalition called TechRouler, which will hold a launch party on 5:30 p.m., Sept. 29 at CoHabitat, 610 Commerce Street in downtown Shreveport, and introduce its website for talent attraction, http://www.techrouler.com.

TechRouler formed around a common challenge to identify qualified technology workers with skills ranging from software development to network engineering to technical sales. The group, which is looking to raise the visibility of the technology sector in North Louisiana, will unveil this new website to promote North Louisiana’s technology sector and its job opportunities at the event.

TechRouler is assisted by North Louisiana Economic Partnership’s (NLEP) workforce marketing program, NEON. Angie White, NLEP Vice President in charge of NEON, organized the first gathering of area tech companies after recognizing the common need to recruit and retain technology workers in North Louisiana.

“We hear all the time from concerned community leaders and area residents that we need to work harder to bring good paying jobs to North Louisiana to keep our young people here,” said White. “Yet we know that there are employers here already offering great jobs with competitive salaries. TechRouler will make them much more visible to job seekers.”

Praeses LLC, a locally-owned information management services company with public and private clients nationwide, points to its need for highly skilled workers.

“We are always looking to add talented individuals to our team and partnering with TechRouler is another avenue to increase our exposure to such persons,” said Frank Auer, CEO of Praeses LLC.

The demand for tech-skilled workers within the region is impacted by many factors. Attractive digital media and innovation-focused incentives offered by Louisiana encourage home grown company expansion and relocation of new companies to the state. The explosive growth of mobile apps and technology like the iPad means businesses of all kinds are dedicating ever-growing resources to their on-line presence, e-commerce and ways to interact with customers through digital media.

Other factors supporting the growing demand for technology skills in the region include the healthcare industry’s conversion to electronic medical records and the growth of regional healthcare groups that need reliable connectivity to their various facilities. The work of the Cyber Innovation Center is attracting companies that need a high tech-skilled workforce to support cyber defense at neighboring Barksdale Air Force Base and military installations throughout the country. CIC is also creating education programs to build a local tech-skilled workforce pipeline. The recent growth of Monroe-based CenturyLink, now the third largest telecommunications carrier in the U.S., has created many new IT positions in North Louisiana.

Additionally, the presence of the film industry drives a need for digital animators, graphic designers and others with that special blend of creative and technical talent.

“We are thrilled about the emergence of a technology based recruiting tool, TechRouler, that will showcase the technology-based industries and reflect the flavor of northern Louisiana,” said Trish Farnsworth, Head of Production at Moonbot Studios in Shreveport. “It is a great opportunity for Moonbot Studios as it allows us to streamline our search for stellar employees who are already here in our region at our area universities, not to mention folks who are ready to return home for a great career.”

About TechRouler
TechRouler is a coalition of companies located in North Louisiana that have a common need for technology-skilled talent. The group is not exclusive to technology companies and welcomes the participation of any regional company that requires employees with technology skills. Activities of the group include the promotion of a website to market partnering companies, their projects and their workforce needs, participation at recruitment events within and outside the region, and working with regional colleges and universities to connect with students and alumni.

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