In March 2019, tech business executives, CIOs, community leaders, educators and more will gather in St. Louis to share best practices and the future of tech in Missouri. This Technology 2030 Conference will take a deep dive into how Missouri stacks up against other states in regard to tech strengths, leverage Missouri’s cybersecurity and geospatial leadership status to take that leadership to a wider and more impactful level and show how Missouri can continue to lead in attracting tech talent and companies to expand or relocate into the state.
The Conference, which takes place March 20-21, will feature keynote addresses from Missouri Governor Mike Parson, Ted Abernathy of Economic Leadership LLC, Missouri’s Director of Broadband Development Tim Arbeiter, Rob Atkinson of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Kat Saunder with DCI and Ann Cuiellette Marr with World Wide Technology.
“Missouri is projected to be a top ten state for tech job growth over the next five years,” said Abernathy. “Missouri has a rich and growing technology sector and the state can be even more competitive, grow even faster and be more broadly recognized as a leading tech state.”
“Tech is a significant part of Missouri’s economy,” he continued. “Overall, tech accounted for just under 5 percent of the state’s total employment, but when wages and sales are evaluated, this sector accounts for nearly 8 percent of total sales, earning $41.6 billion in sales last year.”
Abernathy is the author of the Technology 2030 Report, scheduled to be released at the conference.