Question: How do you get high-tech professionals and entrepreneurs to head our way?
Jim Goodlett’s got the answer: “You need to have a big sell. All of it comes back to what do you like to do after work and on weekends. It’s about quality of life.”
He outta know. He used to be the Chief Info Architect at H.O. Systems (that was before Verisign bought it). The company went from 65 to 400 employees in 3 years – i.e., he had to round up a whole bunch of good folks.
But he said it was easy – he just talked about Savannah.
“Savannah has services that any major metro city would kill to have.”
For businesses, he said, we’ve got any high-tech, info need you want, and a higher-education system pumping students out right and left. We’ve got the coast, the best value on the eastern seaboard. We’ve got arts, film and music festivals, and incomparable, undeniable, beauty. And if you’re feeling the need for a little traffic jam, Atlanta’s a four-hour drive.
“Those things are what make Savannah a unique sell.”
Today, Goodlett’s the President for Morris Technology – a back-end systems company that entrees high tech into broadcast and media industries.
He’s still talking the talk, giving kudos to Savannah and he even makes us blush on occasion.
“The kind of innovative leadership that the Creative Coast brings to the table makes our job easier to attract high-tech employees to our community. They get the ear of the city, as well as regional and state governments. As a corporation they make a powerful organization.”
And everything they do with jobs is phenomenal. I get email blasts when a new resume gets on.
“They’re better than a monster.com.”
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