NC tech­nol­ogy jobs

The News & Observer - - Opinion -

“Best place to find US tech­nol­ogy jobs? NC” (Nov. 2) by John Hood is an ex­am­ple of how clever spin can turn any news into sup­port for a par­ti­san per­spec­tive. Hood cites a tech­nol­ogy trade as­so­ci­a­tion study that gives high marks to cer­tain N.C. cities for the avail­abil­ity and fu­ture growth of tech­nol­ogy jobs. Hood cred­its our con­ser­va­tive state gov­ern­ment for re­duc­ing the cost of gov­ern­ment, re­duc­ing taxes, and elim­i­nat­ing reg­u­la­tions.

Cu­ri­ously, the cities cited by the study are Char­lotte, Raleigh, and Durham-Chapel Hill. For cost of liv­ing, these cities rank among the most ex­pen­sive in North Carolina. They are not low­cost and cer­tainly not con­ser­va­tive.

This would ar­gue that what at­tracts tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies is not low cost so much as it is the kinds of things that ap­peal to young peo­ple wish­ing for ca­reers in tech­nol­ogy—a fun place to live and raise a fam­ily. This en­tails good schools and qual­ity of life— arts and en­ter­tain­ment, restau­rants, diver­sity, pub­lic spa­ces, mu­sic and sport­ing events, etc. The com­mu­ni­ties in our state that are the most suc­cess­ful at pro­vid­ing tech­nol­ogy jobs are also our state’s most pro­gres­sive com­mu­ni­ties, not our state’s most con­ser­va­tive.

– John May Chapel Hill

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