NC technology jobs
“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