Amenities, housing diversity crucial to cyber workforce
The Augusta metro area has spent years creating places for high-tech employees to work. Its next step will be creating places for those workers to live and play.
A panel of state and regional officials said during AFCEA’s TechNet Augusta 2019 conference that the area’s quality of life could benefit from a greater diversity of housing options, more walkable neighborhoods and better recreational activities.
Panelist Dennis Trotter, co-founder of Jordan Trotter Commercial Real Estate, said younger workers are less interested in traditional homes and tend to spend more on entertainment.
“We have to continue to provide them the amenities on weekends they need, the living quarters they like, in the format they like and in the locations that they like so that once we train them, they stay,” he said. “If we train them and they leave, we’re not doing ourselves any justice.”