Gainesville Information Technology (GIT) is a program of FloridaWorks in collaboration with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce. GIT is working to strengthen the IT talent pool to assist local employers with hiring needs. Our mission is to position Gainesville as a leading IT community by attracting, developing and retaining “1337” talent.
On September 18, 2013, GIT held an employer conference at the GRU Eastside Operations Center in Gainesville. At the employer conference, the GIT action plan was presented. The action plan was developed from one year of researching local IT employer needs through group collaboration, focus groups and a public forum. Conference attendees discussed strategy to recruit, develop and retain IT talent in our region. Later that evening at the Half Cork’d reception, IT employers and recruiters gathered with IT professionals, job seekers and students to network and learn how to get involved in GIT.
GIT strives to make Gainesville the coolest place in the nation for IT professionals. Since it’s inception in September 2012, GIT members have worked together to achieve deliverables and work to refine talent recruitment, retention and continuously upgrading skills of our IT workforce. In its first year, GIT has been active in the community by:
- Identifying training needs and skills gaps within the community by surveying local employers, training providers and the business community; and polling direct feedback through three focus groups.
- Helping the School Board of Alachua County (SBAC) secure a Middle School IT Career Academy grant at Howard Bishop Middle School by recruiting companies to be on the advisory board and crafting a collaborative letter of support.
- SBAC has been awarded the grant and began IT training in August 2013.
- Securing letters of support from local employers for Santa Fe College’s $2.7 million grant application to fund an Accelerated Placement Program for Information Technology. Santa Fe College is currently awaiting decision from the U.S. Department of Labor.
- Initiating collaborative, on-going discussion; hosting monthly luncheons that encourage Talent Trade and increased communication among employers, training providers and the business community. Such consistent interaction is unprecedented in the technology community.
- Hosting Start Up Downtown, a startup exhibition and job fair, in collaboration with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Innovation Gainesville to bring light to our community’s emerging startup culture.
- Hosting the GIT Conference to introduce initiatives to the Gainesville community and encourage support and participation.
Area businesses brainstorm for ways to recruit qualified IT applicants The Gainesville Sun, September 18, 2013
Florida Works hosted its first IT Workforce Conference to recruit and retain the area’s top technology talent GTN News, September 18, 2013