Our region's largest
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.
- Scale best practices to grow the pipeline of talent in high school and subsequent enrollment in postsecondary education.
- Translate employer demand signals into practical insights for educators and job seekers.
- Advance experiential learning opportunities so graduates can attain practical skill development prior to joining the workforce.
- 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?
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?
Black and African American and Hispanic and Latinx workers are under-represented compared to regional workforce proportions (which also have demographic disparities).