North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper today declared May 11 as North Carolina Technology Day, a nod to the innovative industry that employs more than 275,000 people in North Carolina.
NC Tech Association’s State of the Technology Industry Report forecasts North Carolina to be among the top 10 states in the U.S. with expected employment growth from 2021-2026, increasing by more than 6% from 2020 totals and exceeding the national average by one percent.
“We are fortunate to have some the of top technology companies in the world right here in our back yard and they are critical partners in the state’s effort to close the digital divide,” said N.C. Secretary Jim Weaver and State Chief Information Officer. “In partnership with technology companies like Lenovo, we can ensure that our residents can prosper in our digital economy.”
Technology continues to be one of the fastest-growing industries, ranking third and outpacing healthcare, manufacturing, and financial industry growth. From 2014 to 2019, the state’s technology employment increased by 14.9%, and 35,620 tech jobs were added in the last five years in NC.
“With access to an incredible talent pool and a quality of life that keeps our employees happy, Lenovo is incredibly proud to call the Raleigh area home to one of two global headquarters,” said Vlad Rozanovich, SVP, and President of Lenovo North America. “Thanks to the North Carolina community for helping fuel technology and innovation in our state. Your great work has a lasting impact around the world, but starts right here in our home state.”
In 2021, Lenovo gave more than $1.5 million in cash and product donations to support the North Carolina community. Lenovo has also sponsored numerous community initiatives based on broader community needs. One is Evolve Small, a campaign focused on providing relief to small businesses recovering from the impact of the pandemic. So far, Lenovo has donated $273,000 to small businesses across the Carolinas, with $120,000 going to a dozen woman and minority-owned businesses within the Triangle region.
Currently, the technology industry accounts for 11% of North Carolina’s total earnings and sales, and 12.4% of Gross State Product (GSP). North Carolina continually ranks in the top 15 U.S. states in leading technology rankings. In North Carolina alone, Lenovo has an estimated annual economic and fiscal impact of $1.5 billion, generated across Lenovo locations in Morrisville and Whitsett.
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