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South Florida’s Tech Community

 

If you follow South Florida’s Twitter, you have probably seen the Miami tech community trending in recent months. Taking the lead has been Mayor Francis Suarez of Miami who has been pushing Miami as the next big Tech Hub. He has spearheaded think tanks and groups whose purpose is to attract tech companies in California and around the world to relocate to South Florida. His efforts have been successful in many ways, including new naming rights for the Heat’s Arena (FTX) and hosting Bitcoin events. Miami Tech week is pushing along with events already being scheduled to coincide with popular event eMerge Americas next year. The Miami Herald has called it “The Art Basel” for the tech community.

Why are Miami and all of South Florida being considered the next Tech Hub? The easy answer is a favorable business environment with low taxes and a trendy lifestyle in the sun. The other side of the coin has to do with geography and investment occurring in infrastructure and education. Miami has long been called the “Gateway to Las Americas”. South Florida for years has attracted people from Latin America. First, it was the Cubans, and later immigrants from South and Central America who have grown roots in South Florida, bringing their culture and work ethic while creating a diversely rich environment. It makes sense to expand and build new markets for businesses in the US and Latin America through South Florida. The tech industry has noticed and envisions Miami as a place where ideas and investments from all over can clash and collaborate. In Feb of 2021, it was announced that James L Knight Foundation made a $10 million gift to FIU School of Computing and Information Sciences. “Miami is emerging as an international tech hub, both through the success of local startups and the recent influx of companies and investors. Demand for technical talent is rising, and we are just at the beginning of the trajectory”, said Alberto Ibargüen, Knight president and CEO. FIU has committed to investing $106 million over the next few years including constructing a world-class engineering building set to break ground later this year. Access to a quality and diverse workforce will be keys to success in the next few years. Our leaders in the community like Mayor Francis Suarez, need to continue to spread the Gospel of “Miami Tech Hub”.

Existing companies like Pro Network are uniquely positioned to assist startups and companies in relocating to South Florida. We offer the expertise and access to quality IT hardware needed by growing companies. Having a local partner with the resources to configure and deliver complex solutions like HPC clusters or High Core servers is an asset to the “Tech Community”. Either if you are deploying it in your cloud or using ours, the right solution is down the road.