January 29, 2013
Charge: Grow IT
Information Technology leaders from across public, private and academia sectors were gathered Friday by the CIO Roundtable, Partners for a Competitive Workforce, and the Cincinnati USA Partnership, the region's leading economic development arm, to discuss ways to prepare for and accelerate the growth of this increasingly important cluster of the region's economy. View photos of the event
Donald Eichenseer, former CIO of Consumer Technologies, CitiGroup was one of six presenters.
With an estimated 10-year growth rate of 26.5%, the IT sector is one of four fastest-growing and best-paying employment sectors in Cincinnati, according to the 2020 Jobs Outlook. Cincinnati USA has approximately 30,000 residents employed in the IT sector, which has an estimated $2.5 billion impact on the country's GDP.
Key stakeholders in this growth, including leadership from Great American, IBM, CitiGroup, Wellpoint, Macy's, Givaudan, Luxottica Retail, Toyota Boshoku, UC Health, Omnicare, Fifth Third, P&G, Western & Southern, Convergys, Kroger , CCHMC, GE Aviation, Cincinnati Financial, Cincinnati Bell, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Sogeti USA, TQL, St. Elizabeth Medical Center, GE, General Cable, Cintas, The Christ Hospital, Paycor, Vantiv, dunnhumby, Rockfish, Multi Color, Transfreight, E.W. Scripps, Pomeroy, FirstGroup, WinWholesale, Hill-Rom, First Financial, Johnson & Johnson, Chemed, Sun Chemical, Catholic Health Partners, Clopay, TWBC, JobsOhio, CincyTech, Northern Kentucky Tri-Ed, UC, Miami University, Xavier University, NKU, Gateway Community College, CSTCC, Technology First, NewPage Corporation, Knowledgeworks, Cintrifuse, The Circuit, and event sponsors Evanta, Tata Consultancy Services, vmware, Intel, Compuware, CA Technologies, Apptio and Workday are collaborating to focus on improving the overall IT ecosystem, from assessing workforce needs, raising awareness of employment opportunities, partnering with education providers to increase the number of students in technology-related majors, and attracting new companies to the region - while helping the businesses currently in the region grow.
"Collaborative sessions like these telegraph the region's rich tech talent and our commitment to 'grow IT' in Cincinnati," offers Denyse Ferguson, executive director, Cincinnati USA Partnership. "Partnering with employers, educators and industry experts is at the nexus of our 'cluster-based' economic development strategy to grow and attract businesses in six key clusters with the greatest potential, like IT. And, it's working: the region added 28,000 net new jobs last year, and we helped 35 companies begin or expand here in 2012."
Partners for a Competitive Workforce executive director Ross Meyer agrees, "We are laser-focused on meeting employer demand across this sector, and we're particularly enthusiastic about the conference representation of every major university and college in the region." PCW recently committed funding to develop articulated career pathways within the IT arena to grow the skills of our current and future workforce.
The CIO Roundtable is led by Co-Chairs Piyush Singh, SVP & CIO, Great American Insurance, and Geoff Smith, former IT leader at P&G. Singh offers, "This alignment with the Chamber's economic development arm and one of our region's key workforce development initiatives illustrates our recognition of the focus needed in the IT space to attract, retain and grow investment in this area."
The Cincinnati CIO Roundtable provides a unique and professional forum for IT leaders of some of the largest companies in Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio to address common challenges, collaborate and network. In addition, the roundtable is also focused on improving the region's overall IT ecosystem by participating in activities such as IT symposia, university advisory boards and job/talent development. While members of the roundtable represent companies that span a diverse range of industries, all are from organizations with annual sales of more than $1 billion, ensuring the group has similar goals and challenges. Collectively the CIO's in the roundtable manage combined budgets exceeding $3 billion per year and have collective staffs of more than 7,000 local IT professionals. Current members include IT leaders from companies such as Procter and Gamble, Kroger, General Electric, Cintas, Western & Southern, Toyota, University of Cincinnati, and CitiGroup.
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