Prince William County is on the Progressive Policy Institute’s map of “America’s Top 25 High-Tech Hotspots.”
According to the institute’s website, the analysis measured the number of new high-tech/information jobs that counties with populations of more than 300,000 added between 2007 and 2012.
The study placed Prince William County at 19 on the list with a 12.2 percent growth rate in high-tech/information jobs compared to the 6.8 percent job growth rate the County showed in non- high-tech, private sector jobs.
“This ranking among the country’s high-tech hotspots is a testament to the highly skilled workforce, as well as the innovative business community here in Prince William County,” said Chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors Corey A. Stewart.
The study concluded that areas with strong high-tech presence weathered the recession better and recovered faster than areas lacking a strong high-tech presence.
“The implication,” the report stated, “is that policies to encourage tech/info growth are more likely to boost the overall economy.”
“Our community attracts and provides a highly-talented and skilled labor force, which is just one of the many tangible economic development benefits of Prince William County,” said Jeffrey A. Kaczmarek, Executive Director of Prince William County’s Department of Economic Development. “Companies nationally are taking notice of the advantages Prince William County offers within the Northern Virginia Metro Region and that we are a global technology and business leader for the 21st Century.”
According to the report, the diversity of places on the list – which included Loudoun County and counties in California, Alabama, Utah, Texas, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and New York among others – showed that the high-tech economy “is not just for traditional tech powerhouses such as Silicon Valley, but has broader applicability.”