Atlanta Surges Forward as Tech (& Fintech) Mecca

We’re number 3, we’re number 3. That’s a big deal even if we aren’t playing for the championship (which is ONLY 2 ya know) and since FintekNews is based in Atlanta and we have Starbucks every morning right across the street from the Atlanta Tech Village, so we just had to put this in. So, Go Atlanta tech firms (but quit taking all the tables at Starbucks in the morning)

(Bill Taylor/ CEO)

“Atlanta could soon become one of the world’s most elite tech cities.

According to a new report from Forbes, Atlanta is the No. 3 American city poised to become one of tomorrow’s tech meccas.

“Craving relocation to the East Coast? Opportunities for Atlanta-based tech jobs, including software developer, software programmer, and computer support roles, have grown far more quickly than the national average,” the article reads. “Atlanta’s total tech jobs have grown by 46.7 percent since 2010 — almost 20 percentage points above the national average.”

The article gives a nod to three of the city’s startup hubs — Atlanta Tech Village, Switchyards Downtown Club and Advanced Technology Development Center — and two of the city’s universities —Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University — as a two of the main boosters of Atlanta’s tech boom.

Atlanta Business Chronicle reported March 24 Comcast NBCUniversal will invest about $200 million in a tech startup “accelerator” in Atlanta.

Comcast’s initiative — dubbed The Farm — will be directed by Boulder, Colo.-based Boomtown. It is part of Comcast’s LIFT Labs for Entrepreneurs entrepreneurial support program and Boomtown’s first accelerator outside of Colorado.

Boomtown Executive Director Toby Krout said Atlanta was selected because it has a diverse community, a strong university system and a thriving arts culture…”

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