After failing in its efforts to attract Amazon to the city, Louisville hopes it has found a long-term solution to a technology shortage.
The city is looking to produce five times the number of its projected technology jobs over the next few years, and Mayor Greg Fischer announced a plan to do that on Monday, as he presented a new initiative called “LouTechWorks.”
LouTechWorks will look to rapidly boost efforts to expand technology talent in Louisville through education and partnerships with nonprofits and employers, officials said. The hope is to address the technology shortage by educating students to prepare them for newly opened job opportunities in Louisville.
“To compete — and win — in the economy of the future, Louisville must greatly expand the number of technology jobs and radically scale our training platform, in partnership with employers, education partners and others,” Fischer said.
Louisville has about 79% of the technology jobs it should have for its size, according to a news release from the mayor’s office. The effort to produce five times as many of those jobs would get the city to 100% of the jobs needed, the office said.