Grady faculty member discusses 2015 Tech Industry Research on TAG Radio

TAG Radio, a podcasting service of the Technology Association of Georgia, features an interview with Keith Herndon of the Grady College faculty about his research for the 2015 State of the Industry Report.  The podcast can be heard here: http://tagtvonline.com/tag-radio-network/tech-talk/viewvideo/1458/tech-talk/keith-herndon-internet-decisions-president-tag-state-of-the-industry-research-leader

Herndon, a visiting professor, has conducted research for the report through his media and technology consulting practice for the past five years.  TAG unveiled this year’s report in March at the Georgia Technology Summit held at the Cobb Galleria before an audience of 1,200 technology leaders.

“Georgia's technology sector is essential to building an innovation-based economy in the state, and our research shows how important the sector is for job creation,” said Herndon, as president of Internet Decisions. “Communication Services, Health IT and FinTech continue as economic drivers, and we're also seeing significant innovation activities and technology job growth in emerging areas such as Advanced Manufacturing and Digital Media and Entertainment.”

The report contains key data on Georgia’s technology sector and serves as a resource for facts, statistics, trends and other insights into the state’s technology industry.  

“TAG’s State of the Industry Report is an important resource for both technologists living in Georgia and businesses contemplating moving here,” said Paul Carmody, chief executive officer of Atlanta-based software company AchieveIt and Chairman of the TAG Thought Leadership Task Force.  “The report is a barometer of the robust technology industry that we have in Georgia.”

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 that polled 330 Georgia technology executives about their insights into innovation and their plans for hiring and investing in Georgia.  The full report is available at www.tagstateoftheindustry.com

Herndon is on the board of TAG’s Athens chapter along with Grady Dean Charles Davis and Scott Shamp, director of Grady’s New Media Institute.

About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)

TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 26,000 members through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia and Savannah.  TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides networking and educational programs and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. TAG hosts over 200 events each year and serves as an umbrella organization for 34 professional societies.  For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org.

Date: April 21, 2015
Author:  Sarah Freeman, freemans@uga.edu
Contact:  Keith Herndon, klhern@uga.edu