Martin is starting to form a small technology hub in West Tennessee after a second high-tech company moved into downtown.
Graduates from the University of Tennessee at Martin Department of Computer Science now have a close-to-home option when looking for skilled work in the software development field. Core10, a fintech software development company, officially opened a new Martin branch Nov. 30 in Martin’s historic downtown area on Lindell Street.
At the West Virginia Coding and Cyber Summit Nov. 15, McAfee Executive and West Virginia native Jason Rolleston made an excellent point about why West Virginians are well suited for jobs in cyber. In describing a neighbor from Pocahontas County who could fix cars with “duct tape, baling twine and coat hangers,” Rolleston accurately noted that West Virginians have a rich tradition —born out of necessity — of finding ways to make things work.
"Exposed brick and sealed concrete floors once hidden by facades and covered by shelves of office supplies now house the offices of a technology company that could function virtually anywhere but has chosen Lindell Street in Historic Downtown Martin for its latest expansion.
NewForce, a partnership between Generation West Virginia and Jobcase, aims to solve two problems: A lack of job opportunities, and a lack of trained people for tech companies in the state to employ. This program has been born out of the collective efforts of founding employer partner Core10, Mountwest Community and Technical College in Huntington, and Nashville Software School.
Lee Farabaugh, co-founder of Core10 and NewForce Employer Partner, speaks as Generation West Virginia hosts a news conference to announce the launch of a the new program "NewForce" on Thursday, Oct. 11, at Mountwest Community and Technical College in Huntington.
HUNTINGTON — Move over, Silicon Valley. Silicon Holler is ready for its debut into the technology world. With the addition of a brand-new, tuition-free coding school in the city, Huntington Mayor Steve Williams is not joking when he says Appalachia is poised to be the next Silicon Valley.