One of the many wonderful things about TiER1 is the company’s attention given to the broader community. There are so many possibilities when considering how one might give back to the community whether at a global, national, regional, or individual level.
Last week, I met with other business leaders from the region. One of the topics discussed was how to attract a younger demographic to the region such as recent college graduates. The focus was on how to attract the “best and brightest” to help increase the economic vibrancy of the area. During the conversation, we compared our local region to recent high migration areas such as Raleigh, Portland, and Austin. Job growth in an area is normally associated with higher demand areas. A recent report from the Brookings Institute (http://www.brookings.edu/opinions/2011/0112_migration_frey.aspx) showed this trend is still in place. But as we know, many other factors affect a person’s decision to move between regions including quality of life, sports, housing availability, cost of living, and others. Our area has so many great factors going for it: great universities, major sports venues, lots of green space, high-tech jobs, and much more. Naturally, the conversation eventually turned to the question of action. What can we, as individuals, do to help?
For me, this is the cool part. I think one of the best parts of a successful campaign for attracting high quality talent to an area is targeted at improving the quality of life in the area. Make it “a great place of live.” [Norm, thanks for the succinct phrase.] When we make the area a better place to live, clearly, everybody wins. But where exactly to start?
Which brings me back to TiER1.
So many of our team is already involved in the community, you can find great ideas just by asking around the office. Lots of great ideas. And whether your local area is Pittsburgh, Covington, Cincinnati, Denver, Dayton, or elsewhere, all have opportunities.
My current personal focus is on helping young minds learn about opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). You can see a broad overview of STEM at wikipedia’s page, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STEM_fields As a learning company, TiER1 has a lot to offer on the topic of making learning more engaging and fun. I enjoy chatting about STEM education and related topics. So feel free to ask me or just strike up a conversation.
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