Nashville Area Chamber Announces Campaign to Recruit Tech Talent

  Nashville Area Chamber Announces Campaign to Recruit Tech Talent

Business Wire

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- February 5, 2013

Today, the Nashville business community launched “WorkIT Nashville,” a
collaborative, regional marketing campaign to recruit information technology
workers to Middle Tennessee. The campaign is a result of a yearlong
collaboration among the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, the city of
Nashville, Nashville Technology Council, Williamson County and businesses in
the region.

Downtown Nashville (Photo: Business Wire)

Downtown Nashville (Photo: Business Wire)

“The latest Technology Hiring Trends Report  shows that Nashville had 836 IT
jobs open in the fourth quarter of 2012, and we as a region have decided to do
something about that,” said George Lazenby, CEO of Emdeon and chairman of the
volunteer task force that developed the campaign. “We are entering a time when
developers and technology professionals are going to be in high demand – they
already are – and Nashville is competing not only nationally, but
internationally for talent. A strong message and successful outreach to this
demographic is vital to our future success.”

According to the Chamber’s most recent workforce study, the technology
industry in Middle Tennessee is projected to grow an average of 4.4 percent
each year. The Nashville Technology Council – also a partner in the effort –
reports that the most in-demand IT positions are analysts and developers,
specifically developers with .Net, SQL and Java experience.

At the center of the recruitment campaign is a newly launched website,
workITNashville.com. The site is an IT jobs marketplace, serving as a central
platform for all IT job openings in the Nashville area, combined with a place
for job applicants to post their resumes for consideration and sourcing by
local employers. The site serves as a valuable resource for job seekers and
their families interested in learning more about life in Middle Tennessee,
including the technology industry and information related to cost of living,
neighborhoods, local amenities and culture.

At the event to launch the campaign, the Chamber announced that 100 industry
leaders have been recruited as advocates for the campaign to promote the
region through social media and provide fresh campaign content throughout the
year. These advocates have a social reach of 435,000 individuals through their
networks.

“Our city is fortunate to have a robust and growing IT sector,” said Mayor
Karl Dean, city of Nashville. “This initiative will bridge the gap between
employers with IT positions and workers looking for those types of jobs. I
appreciate the Chamber paying attention to the needs of the IT industry and
spreading the word to IT professionals about Nashville’s appeal as a place to
live and work.”

In addition to the website, an important element of the campaign will be the
WorkIT Nashville Guidebook, which is being distributed to all Middle Tennessee
companies that are working to recruit tech talent to the region. The 40-page
guidebook contains information about the thriving technology community in
Middle Tennessee as well as statistics and information about cost of living,
amenities, entertainment venues, neighborhoods and more. Throughout 2013, the
Chamber will host workshops for recruiters and human resources personnel to
train them on using the guidebook and understanding how to sell the region
when recruiting tech talent.

“The guidebook gives HR professionals - or anyone - the tools they need to
sell the attributes of the Nashville region to job candidates, including
information about the growing tech community,” said Rebecca Leslie, Chamber
vice president of talent development. “This guidebook shares the Nashville
region’s lifestyles and community as it relates to the interests of technology
professionals and their families.”

The multifaceted WorkIT Nashville campaign also includes a social media and
digital marketing plan with a brand presence on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn
and Google+. Long-term components of the WorkIT Nashville campaign include a
national marketing and PR campaign, targeted outreach in external markets,
harnessing the power of the growing network of local technology talent, and
the continued recruitment of business community support as advocates.

“Today’s launch of the website, guidebook and digital media campaign is just
the beginning,” said Lazenby. “We are committed to addressing the growing need
for technology talent in our community and will continue to ensure that
Nashville has a vibrant, diverse workforce.”

To post a position or an individual profile, or to learn how to become
involved in the campaign, visit workitnashville.com.

About WorkIT Nashville

WorkIT Nashvilleis a collaborative community initiative supported by
theNashville Area Chamber of Commerce,Metropolitan Government of Nashville
and Davidson County,Williamson County, and theNashville Technology Council.
Private-sector support includesBank of New York Mellon,Caterpillar
Financial,Dollar General,Emdeon,HCA, Jackson National Life Insurance
andTractor Supply Company.For more information on WorkITNashville, our
partnerships or our advocate program, please visit WorkITNashville.com.

About the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce is Middle Tennessee’s largest business
federation, representing more than 2,000 member companies. Belong, engage,
lead, prosper embodies the Chamber's focus on facilitating community
leadership to create economic prosperity for Middle Tennessee. The work of the
Nashville Area Chamber is supported by membership and sponsors; the Chamber’s
Pivotal Partners (a partnership at the highest level for all Chamber programs
and events) are BlueCross/BlueShield of Middle Tennessee, Community Health
Systems and Delek US Holdings. Together with its affiliates, the Nashville
Chamber works to strengthen the region’s business climate and to enhance
Nashville’s position as a desirable place to live, work and visit. For more
information, visit nashvillechamber.com.

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Michelle Lacewell, 615-743-3111
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