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Indy gets national attention for booming tech industry

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Circle City is getting national attention for its growing tech industry. Forbes Magazine recently called Indianapolis a "mini tech hub on the move."

Don't see it?

Look no further than the tallest building in the City. Chase Tower is now called Salesforce Tower, named after the sales cloud computing company that will build its regional headquarters here and hire 800 new employees in the next five years.

“I think we’re seeing an emergence of the mid-sized city," said Mike Langellier, CEO and President of TechPoint, a non-profit which promotes the tech industry in Indianapolis.

He explains tech companies are excited about Indianapolis, because of the talent pool from all of the neighboring schools and the livability of a mid-sized city.

"You know, the ability to have an urban kind of experience and have a great downtown with all the amenities that we all want, the ability to have a house with space, and to be able to have a good school to send your kids to," said Langellier. “There’s this really unique ability to have a great tech career but also a great life quality. And you can’t get that in a lot of other places.”

When Angie's List needs a certain type of workforce, CEO Scott Durchslag picks up the phone and calls nearby universities like Purdue, Butler, and IU.

"They’re here. They’re close. And we talk," he said. “I can go have a conversations with them and they will literally adapt their curriculum to be able to make it happen."

And when people are happy, they tend to stay. Durchslag said that's what makes Indy more attractive to companies than a place like Silicon Valley.

“People are here because they really do want to be here. So they don’t tend to just job hop the way you have happening all the time in Silicon Valley.”

If you're looking for a tech job, you can get help from TechPoint by visiting their website here.