Our region's largest
economic opportunity

Digital technology is increasingly integrated into our daily lives. It is remaking industries, our economy, and how people work. Building on our region’s strengths to grow the next generation of digital technology products and services will be essential to reorienting the Capital Region from its slow-growth trajectory to the high-growth performance we need to maintain and broaden prosperity. Developing and employing the workers who are skilled in digital technology in its various forms is our region’s largest economic opportunity.

Key challenges that we must address include: expanding the pipeline of students interested in and proficient in STEM; aligning the skills and experience that employers need with what our educational institutions and workforce training systems provide; and improving retention of our graduates and existing employees.

To begin addressing these challenges, the Partnership launched the Capital CoLAB (“Collaborative of Leaders in Academia and Business”) in 2018. The CoLAB’s vision is to make the Capital Region the most diverse digital tech workforce in the country, which we do by partnering with employers and educators to build industry-aligned digital tech pathways that ensure inclusive growth. The Capital CoLAB has grown to encompass a network of 20 employers, 24 higher education institutions, and five K-12 systems focused on building the most diverse digital tech workforce in the country.

Capital CoLAB

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Collaborative of Leaders in Academia and Business (CoLAB) is an action-oriented partnership of business and academic institutions that develops the talent needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

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This portal is your guide to work-based learning and professional development opportunities designed to help you build a career in the Capital Region’s tech ecosystem.

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Join the CoLAB Community below to stay in touch and learn how our programs -- built in partnership with your university -- can help you develop in-demand digital skills.

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  1. Scale best practices to grow the pipeline of talent in high school and subsequent enrollment in postsecondary education.
  2. Translate employer demand signals into practical insights for educators and job seekers.
  3. Advance experiential learning opportunities so graduates can attain practical skill development prior to joining the workforce.
  4. Define and communicate a unified regional message that conveys the Capital Region’s digital tech leadership.

What is the gap between supply and demand for digital tech workers in our region?

17,037 unfilled digital tech jobs

By 2025, we anticipate a supply gap of 49% for digital tech talent jobs. Despite a deep digital tech workforce, the gap in our region is larger than peer regions’ and the U.S. average.

What is the racial/ethnic makeup of the Capital Region’s digital tech workforce?

45% of tech workers identify as non-white

Black and African American and Hispanic and Latinx workers are under-represented compared to regional workforce proportions (which also have demographic disparities).

Latest Work

Report: The Capital Region Faces a Huge Tech Shortage

Without expanding access to the tech talent pipeline, almost 60,000 annual positions will go unfilled by 2025.

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Report: Security Clearances: Clearing the Path to More Job Opportunities

Though the Capital Region has a deep and diverse digital tech workforce, the region will not reach its full economic potential if its digital tech and security clearance jobs are left unfilled.

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Report: Strengthening Tech Talent in the Capital Region

Reinforces why digital tech talent matters for our region’s economic success, identifies key challenges affecting our cybersecurity workforce and proposes five strategies to strengthen our digital tech workforce overall.

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