BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA (February 6, 2012) – The Bloomington Technology Partnership (BTP) announced today the launch of a new web-based social media and talent attraction portal designed to promote Bloomington’s emerging technology community and assist Bloomington technology employers with filling open jobs. The portal development was partially funded by the City of Bloomington and is the top priority of the Bloomington Technology Partnership, a collaborative initiative aimed at growing Bloomington’s technology industry. The portal can be accessed at http://bloomingtontech.com.
The concept for the web portal was created by consulting firm Career Investments, LLC, in response to specific local tech sector needs identified by the BTP and members of Bloomington’s local tech community in areas of defense, eLearning, IT, software development and web-based applications, among others. Studio Cypher, LLC, a Bloomington-based games and web design company, designed and developed the portal.
“The Bloomington Technology Partnership web portal is a milestone for connecting the area’s thriving technology companies with local and regional talent,” said Ron Walker, President of Bloomington Economic Development Corporation. “Our hope is that the web portal will strengthen the local tech community by fostering new relationships and capitalizing on existing networks from the thousands of talented technologists already employed here.”
Features of the portal include a dedicated job board for Bloomington area technology companies, current online conversations between tech firms, profiles of Bloomington technology employers, news posts and videos highlighting the community.
“The BTP website provides a vital resource to our Indiana technology community,” said Ari Vidali, CEO of Envisage Technologies and member of the BTP Advisory Committee. “The site links ideas, talent and innovative companies. With it, we can share experiences, explore ideas and collaborate to strengthen the foundation of our rapidly growing technology sector.”
“Strengthening our local tech sector is the reason the Bloomington Technology Partnership was formed,” said Danise Alano-Martin, the City’s Director of Economic and Sustainable Development, “and the new BTP website does double duty toward meeting that goal. Not only is it an interactive utility for local tech businesses, but it also helps convey the message to the world that Bloomington, Indiana is an exciting place to start and grow technology companies and to have a fulfilling career in technology.”
Technology companies in the Bloomington area and non-tech businesses with technology-related job openings can post their open positions to the site’s job board. More than a dozen companies have taken advantage of the job board and many others have expressed interest. In addition to the portal, the BTP promotes tech events and job openings through a highly active group on LinkedIn and via its Twitter account that has seen a 50% increase in followers in five months.
The web portal also has social media features to kick-start conversation and meetings in the community. An events calendar highlights local tech gatherings and conferences, and a community conversation page allows visitors to view area blogs and a Twitter feed featuring local tech companies. The website also profiles area tech companies with their organization’s history, current location, and contact information.
“I’m gratified to see the depth and breadth of technology businesses and opportunities in Bloomington,” said Deb Allmayer, Human Resources Officer for the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology, Indiana University. “We are always looking for potential partners, and I know we will explore that in the future.” “To compete with other tech centers for top talent, we need to reveal the career opportunities, interesting companies and vital social communities that welcome and nurture technologists in Bloomington,” said Jim McKean, Partner in Career Investments. “By aggregating job openings, company profiles, interesting blogs and the tech-relevant social network conversations in one portal, we can reveal the community for what it really is.’Aggregate and reveal’ – that is the strategy behind this portal.”