Alachua and Bradford Counties Accepted Into TechHire Initiative

Alachua and Bradford Counties Join Other Communities Dedicated to Building Inclusive Tech Ecosystems

Alachua and Bradford counties have been announced as a new TechHire community dedicated to creating pathways for more Americans to access well-paying tech jobs and expanding local tech sectors in communities across the country. Alachua and Bradford counties will be joining a national network of 70 TechHire communities in receiving support to spearhead efforts to help overlooked and underrepresented Americans start technology careers.

“The TechHire Initiative is an excellent fit for the collective goals already established within our community. We recognize growth in the IT sector as a key component to growing and diversifying the local economy. Meeting workforce needs of our local IT based companies is critical to our overall success,” said Dug Jones, Associate Vice President for Economic Development at Santa Fe College.

Alachua and Bradford counties’ designation as a TechHire Community was only made possible due to the efforts of Santa Fe College, CareerSource NCF, the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce and The North Florida Regional Chamber of Commerce. All TechHire communities go through an intensive and competitive application process to demonstrate their level of commitment and readiness in expanding the technology sector. This TechHire designation shows that Alachua and Bradford counties have the partners, employers, training providers, and the civil leadership support needed to implement and scale tech job opportunities for everyone.

“We are very pleased to welcome Alachua and Bradford counties to the TechHire Initiative,” said Tess Posner, Managing Director of TechHire at Opportunity@Work, “Alachua and Bradford counties have demonstrated a true commitment to making opportunities in tech more inclusive in your community, and we at Opportunity@Work look forward to working with you to help implement, grow and amplify your efforts.”