Grady faculty member featured on TAG Radio

TAG Radio, a podcasting service of the Technology Association of Georgia, is featuring an interview with Keith Herndon of the Grady College faculty about his research for the association's annual State of the Industry Report. This is the fourth year Herndon, a visiting professor, has conducted research for the report through his media and technology consulting practice. The TAG Radio podcast can be heard here.

The TAG 2014 State of the Industry: Technology in Georgia Report is TAG's annual industry report to benchmark the growth of Georgia's technology industry against previous years and other top technology states. It was initially released in March to the more than 1,200 attendees at the Georgia Technology Summit.

“The technology sector is vital to Georgia's overall economy, and this research shows us what that means in terms of job creation and business opportunity,” said Herndon as president of Internet Decisions, LLC. “Clearly, Health IT and mobile development are drivers of Georgia's technology success, but the sector is richly diverse and extends into every part of the state.”

Herndon's findings are based on a proprietary analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and a primary “Technology Decision Makers” survey which polled more than 300 of Georgia's technology executives about their plans for hiring and investing in Georgia. This year, he also partnered with Economic Modeling Specialists Inc. to study labor trends in specific digital clusters such as communication services, logistics, health information technology, financial technology, data centers and information security.

“The State of the Industry Report serves as an excellent resource to understand the technology environment in Georgia,” said Paul Carmody, chief marketing officer at Cbeyond and Chairman of the TAG Thought Leadership Task Force. “The report confirms that the state of Georgia has a vibrant and growing technology community.”

A key finding of the research is that Georgia's technology employment has grown faster than the national average since 2010. Aside from healthcare, that growth is fueled by mobile development, which led the survey results for the third year as the executives' primary technology initiative.

“This demonstrates the profound effect mobility is having across all segments of our economy,” Herndon said. “When I put my Grady hat on, it is important to recognize the opportunities mobility is creating for students in all of our majors.”

Several UGA colleges, including the College of Engineering, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, are founding partners of the Athens TAG chapter formed late 2013. Herndon, Grady College Dean Charles Davis and Scott Shamp, director of the New Media Institute at Grady are all on the Board of Directors of the Athens TAG chapter.

Note: portions of this article were adapted from a press release issued by the Technology Association of Georgia.

Date: May 2, 2014
Author:  Keith Herndon, klhern@uga.edu
Contact:  Keith Herndon, klhern@uga.edu