IT Opportunities in Smaller Metros

McKinsey reports that in many industries, the offshoring trends for IT have been slowed and even reversed. Those areas that stand to gain the most from this shift are smaller “second tier” cities and metro areas:

Beyond lower wages, these regions offer skilled engineers in specialized areas where demand is high, such as infrastructure management or application development and maintenance for new and legacy IT systems. Regional universities and community colleges have markedly expanded their IT curricula in these very areas, and many universities are forging partnerships with employers to guarantee supplies of talent for future needs. Federal, state, and local authorities, eager to reduce regional pockets of unemployment by attracting skilled jobs and IT investments, are offering incentives such as training grants, tax abatements, and subsidized loans.

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