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Tech Bloc

12/2018
Paul Flahive / Texas Public Radio

The technology industry is one of the most in-demand fields in the U.S., and one of the most in-demand jobs in that industry is a software developer. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of software developers will have to grow 31 percent by 2026 to keep up with demand.

“You could probably put that advertisement up and leave it out there for a year and not find one qualified candidate,” said Bryan Rider, vice president of business development at Tri-Starr Group, a staffing company.

But it isn't just software developers that are in demand, it’s all tech-related workers — and San Antonio and Bexar County aim to change that. Last year, the city and county budgeted $300,000 for a one-of-a-kind position to address the gap: chief talent and recruitment officer, or CTRO.

 


Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

Tech Bloc, a tech industry advocacy organization, was given $300,000 last year to create the position of chief technology and recruitment officer. This person would recruit in-demand technology workers, connect locals with technology jobs and maintain a database of open positions in the city.

Tech Bloc announced Wednesday it hired Dax Moreno for the position. 

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Tech Bloc, an industry advocacy organization, announced San Antonio will have its first top technology recruitment officer.

Atari Founder Energizes Tech Bloc Crowd

Nov 18, 2017
Scott Ball

Tech Bloc, San Antonio's technology advocacy organization. San Antonio-based tech company Rackspace played host to Tech Bloc's big annual rally Thursday, November 9.

"This has been labeled the night of the nerds, and as a fellow nerd I have to say ‘amen’ to that!” said Rackspace CEO Joe Eazor introducing the night.

Paul Flahive

Speaking Wednesday to the San Antonio City Council, Assistant Director of the San Antonio Police Department Steve Baum said he thought the third-party background checks that Uber and Lyft provide for their drivers are safe enough and that mandating fingerprint background checks - like with taxi - wasn't necessary.

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