DECD: Tech Talent

Connecticut Technology Talent Advisory Committee
The Technology Talent Advisory Committee is legislatively tasked with three actions:
  1. Calculate the number of “software developers and other persons” (A) employed in tech-based fields where there is a shortage of qualified employees and (B) employed by businesses located in Connecticut as of December 31, 2016
  2. Develop pilot programs to recruit tech talent to Connecticut and train residents of the state in tech-based skills with the goal of increasing the number of skilled technology workers in the state
  3. Identify other tech industries where there is a shortage of qualified employees in this state
Additional details can be found in the full legislation (Sec. 23).
Advisory Committee Members
The Technology Talent Advisory Committee consists of the following members:
Commissioner Catherine Smith, Chairman
Commissioner, Dept. of Economic and Community Development
Susan Avchincloss
Pedro Bermudez
Sean Cassidy
Dr. Ken Colwell
Central Connecticut State University
Jessica Dodge
CT Innovations
Josh Geballe
Core Informatics
Lisa Jacobi
Kelley Johnson
Doors to Explore
Cynthia Lyon
The Business Council of Fairfield County
Julio Mansilla
Bill Moschella
Venkata Natarajan
Prudential Retirement
Monoswita Saha
Gary Scharf
iTech Solutions, Inc.
Dr. Alex Schwarzmann
University of Connecticut
Mike Silvestrini
Taylor Van Antwerp
CT Technology Council
Dan Viens
FactSet Research Systems, Inc.
Jen Widness
Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges
Jeff Wihbey
Connecticut Technical High School System
Past Meeting Notes and Presentations
Tech Talent Survey
In order to determine the greatest gaps in tech talent, the Tech Talent Advisory Committee sent a survey to employers across the state asking them of their current and future hiring needs, as it relates to technical skills and tech jobs.
Useful Links
Pursuant to Section 32-7p of the Connecticut General Statutes, the Technology Talent Advisory Committee submitted a full report to the Commerce, Education, Higher Education, and Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committees. This report contains information about the committee’s pilot programs, number of technology-based workers targeted for recruitment, and timeline/measures for reaching the recruitment target.
Program contact:
Rob Michalik