Hub Link project to connect employers with tech talent

Stephen Igo • Aug 22, 2018 at 10:30 PM

WISE — The GO Virginia State Board will provide a $27,547 grant to provide planning resources to develop an online database to connect technology companies with potential employees in Southwest Virginia.

A project of the Southwest Virginia Technology Council, SWVA Hub Link is envisioned to spur greater interest by technology companies in the region as a potential business location while connecting those companies with the area’s growing technology talent.

GO Virginia’s Region One Director Robyn Lee at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise on Tuesday said the SWVA Hub Link project, still in the development stage, will be “an information portal for technology companies located inside or outside Virginia” to enable them to connect with the region’s tech talent.

“We want them to be able to see we have the skills and workforce available in this region” and SWVA Hub Link will “connect the two,” referring to potential employers with potential employees, Lee said.

According to a press release, the project will partner with four- and two-year colleges in the region as well as regional employers and those interested in establishing operations in the area. SWVA Hub Link will be designed to “provide a user friendly and effective platform which connects technology employers to qualified talent, and provides a common information portal with the region’s resources.”

SWVA Technology Council Executive Director Esther Bolling said the council is “looking forward to partnering with GO Virginia and the region to bring the SWVA Hub Link to fruition. It is the Technology Council’s mission to address technology issues for business, education and government with the purpose of enhancing the vitality and social well-being of Southwest Virginia.”

Bolling said the SWVA Hub Link “will help us achieve our goals and shape a scalable system to address the interest of technology companies in the region, bringing higher paying jobs to Southwest Virginia’s workforce.”

Mike Quillen, chair of the Region One Council, said once fully implemented SWVA Hub Link “will support the growing technology industry by developing and sustaining the pipeline of technology talent in the region, thereby advancing the goal to diversify Southwest Virginia’s economy.”

GO Virginia is an initiative of the Virginia Business Higher Education Council (VBHEC) and the Council on Virginia’s Future to foster private sector growth and job creation via state incentives for regional collaboration by business, education and government. GO Virginia Region One covers the 13 counties in the three planning districts encompassing Southwest Virginia.

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