The White House has named Mobile a TechHire Community, honoring the city’s dedication to connecting its workforce with “well paying” jobs in the tech industry, Mayor Sandy Stimpson announced at a press conference Friday morning.
With the announcement, Mobile becomes one of 71 communities nationwide to receive the designation.
“Today, Mobile stands with an elite group of major cities and states who have embraced the TechHire initiative to spotlight the five million job openings in information technology nationwide,” Stimpson said. “The designation will create new jobs, spur additional investment and economic activity and help us to continue this momentum in Mobile.”
At the press conference at Rural Sourcing, Inc. downtown, Stimpson said many tech companies nationwide are moving out of Silicon Valley because of quality of life and low cost of living, among other reasons.
Over the next four years, Stimpson said in a statement, the city, employees and the Gulf Coast Technology Council will help train 500 candidates. Graduates of the program will be hired as computer analysts, software developers, network analysts, computer programmers and computer user specialists.