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Washington, DC: The Next Silicon Valley?

Kelly Lee
Digital Content Specialist

Is the realm round Washington, DC turning into the subsequent Silicon Valley?

A brand new research by management-software agency Carta means that technologists round Washington, DC make 97 % of what their colleagues round San Francisco earn, hinting at a powerful stage of demand for tech expertise (and a powerful tech-industry tradition to go together with it). “Northern Virginia has turn out to be a magnet for the {industry}, with the Dulles Know-how Hall persevering with its development alongside the Silver Line and Amazon HQ2 going up in Arlington,” added Axios, which summarized the report. (The price of dwelling can be decrease than Silicon Valley, too—at the very least for the second.)

This isn’t a brand new development, after all; Microsoft and Amazon have been investing closely in Northern Virginia for over a decade, particularly datacenters. The Amazon HQ2 facility, as soon as accomplished, will supposedly make use of greater than 25,000 employees by 2030 (with greater than 3,000 facility-specific staff employed to date). Close by Maryland can be having fun with vital hiring momentum, in response to knowledge from CompTIA.

Lengthy earlier than the world’s greatest tech firms started investing within the area, native technologists’ greatest wager for employment was more than likely the federal authorities and its legions of contractors. Federal businesses are hungry for extremely specialised expertise, particularly youthful technologists who’re keen to make a profession out of presidency service; in response to an August 2021 listening to of the Home Homeland Safety Committee‘s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Safety, and Innovation, there are presently 16 occasions extra federal IT employees older than 50 than employees youthful than 30. In different phrases, demand will solely enhance as extra federal employees retire.

However can Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland eclipse Silicon Valley (or New York Metropolis) because the nation’s preeminent tech hub? Silicon Valley advantages from vital venture-capital investing, a serious analysis and educational hub, and a wealthy layer of tech expertise consistently migrating between native startups and tech giants. The Washington, DC area has lots of these parts in place—the large query is whether or not it might proceed to develop that basis over the long run.

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