Monday, December 13, 2010

Capital Region – The kudos just keep rolling in – we are a high-tech mecca …

Opportunity is a haughty goddess who wastes no time with those who are unprepared”. – George Clason

Not too many years ago many questioned if we are truly the Tech Valley. I still here it today, and it makes me scratch my head and wonder. Many doubted Global Foundries actually happened – and many wondered what those strange buildings were over near the SUNY campus in Albany “… just what do they do in there”?

Well – it is here. We are Tech Valley and we are being recognized as one of the leading Regions in the world (yes world – not just country). I have just included some highlights from the article that broke Thursday morning on
We're a high-tech mecca
By Larry Rulison Business Writer
Published: 12:00 a.m., Thursday, December 9, 2010

ALBANY -- A national report has named the Capital Region one of the fastest growing areas in the country for technology jobs.

… The report, called CyberCities 2010, was released Wednesday by the TechAmerica Foundation in Washington, D.C., and it found that the area's strength is its research and development labs -- such as Albany NanoTech and GE Global Research in Niskayuna … The most significant finding was that the Capital Region is the third-fastest growing high-tech area in the country, behind only Oklahoma City and Huntsville, Ala.

The complete post:

So what does this mean to you as you read this? It is time to get in step and ride the wave on the Region’s growth and opportunity. Three recommendations:

• Accept – If you haven’t accepted that we are the Tech Valley, time to change your mind and embrace the changes we are seeing.
• Seek – Look at where you are in your career and where you want to be – and add in the element that if this Region is your choice, how can you change what you do to be part of the Tech Valley evolution. Remember – it isn’t just the 1500 +/- jobs at the Global Foundries plant, most that will require specialized skills, but the 4 to 6 times multiplier of other jobs in the Region to support the plant and the community that serves it. Determine how you can be part of it – and jump on to training or educational opportunities, or positions where you can begin to develop skills to align to the new needs of the Region. If you are not where you want to be, give yourself permission (more on this next week) to make the changes you need to be where you should be in your life.
• Prosper – Get engaged in the right job or career for you or in the alternative, perhaps it is time to strike out on your own in your own business. Whatever your decision, focus on being prosperous and not just surviving – it is a powerful mindset that can take you to your dreams.

Unsure if your own business is right for you? It can be determined, through assessments, discussion and planning. Career consultants (that’s what I do) can help you explore this, and assess it your own business is right for you, before you make a critical mistake.

Our Capital Region is being transformed – as well as the surrounding area. So when someone say to you – “… Albany, it show like the dickens there and why live there… “ – just smile and walk on – let’s keep the secret to us.
Tech Valley is here. It is real. It is here to stay. Seize opportunity. Grow and prosper.

And thank you for – as always – reading this. - Dan

Dan Moran
President & Founder
Career Management & Transition Specialists
125 Wolf Road, Suite #128
Albany, NY 12205
Office: 518-261-4212
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