It's a story you hear mostly from Silicon Valley: the "tech talent shortage." But it's a problem that affects the Midwest, too. Some are saying that the talent shortage is the single biggest obstacle holding back an emerging field of Midwestern tech companies--the very companies that could provide the jobs of the near future.
Just like Silicon Valley, there is a shortage of tech talent -- specifically programming talent -- right here in the Midwest. That dearth is the biggest obstacle holding back an emerging field of Midwestern tech startups. KBIA’s Scott Pham reports that one St. Louis native thinks he has an answer.
Jim Hardy, who lives near the proposed frac sand mine in Ste. Genevieve County, tells the Department of Natural Resources at a September meeting that his wife’s health condition would be impacted if the mine was permitted to operate.
A controversial new frac sand mine expects to hear soon if its permit has been issued allowing it to set up shop in Ste. Genevieve County. The sand from these types of mines is used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Much of the Ste. Genevieve community is upset with how they say the company, Summit Proppants, essentially sneaked into their backyard.
Ashland residents may see a new YMCA -- that's because a committee said it wants to raise $500,000 in the next 5 years to jump start a new branch of the Jefferson City Area YMCA.
Spokesperson, George Hartsfield, of the Jefferson City Area YMCA, is overseeing the committee’s proposal. He said he wants the public to know the $500,000 isn’t necessarily going to build a new gym just yet.