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Information Technology

While the Lansing area might be better known for its industrial heritage, we’ve quickly become a leader in the information technology (IT) revolution. In fact, our state is the country’s 4th-largest high-tech employer and a number of local IT companies made the 2009 Inc. 5000 list of the country’s fastest growing private companies. As IT continues to play a vital role across industries, IT companies in Greater Lansing are well positioned to cater to the increasing amount of businesses all around Michigan searching for IT assistance.

More than 300 local IT companies employ roughly 4000 local residents and more than 9000 residents have IT-related jobs. IT jobs can be found in virtually every industry sector including insurance, banking, education and government. IBM’s first global delivery center for application services is located at Michigan State University and is a resource that will create 1,500 jobs over the next five years.

Top 5 Sectors Adjusted Employment in Tri-County Region*

Computer Systems Design and Related Services

1,596

Data Processing, Posting, and Related Services

584

Computer Peripheral Equipment and Software Merchant Wholesalers

559

Software Publishers

233

Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance

100

*Weighted to reflect the portion of this sector that’s dedicated to this industry cluster, not total number of employees.

Source: Regional Asset Assessment Report of the Lansing Metropolitan Region; August, 2009 (Appendix B)

The Capital Area IT Council is a Michigan Regional Skills Alliance (MI RSA) that was formed to address the specific workforce development challenges facing our local information technology industry. Employer led and directed, the Capital Area IT Council is a coalition of industry, education, economic development, and government partners committed to identifying, developing, and implementing real solutions for improving the quantity and quality of IT professionals in this region.

Information technology is one of the fastest growing sectors in the Capital Area, having grown 20% between 1998 and 2004--almost 7 times faster than the rate for all jobs. The data suggests that more than 9,000 residents in the Capital Area are employed in IT related jobs. IT companies in the region are enjoying explosive growth, creating the jobs of the 21st century; however the very success of the regional IT community means we must cooperate among ourselves and with our partners to recruit, develop and retain the people needed to sustain future growth. The IT Council is designed to be your vehicle to assure that the region has a coherent, effective champion for IT workforce development.

Find out more about the Capital Area IT Council at www.capitalareaitcouncil.org