Patrick McKenna on the expansion of tech hubs

Thought leaders share ideas with WorkingNation Overheard at SXSW EDU 2022

The tech hub is no longer the domain of northern California, according to Patrick McKenna, founder of One America Works, which connects high-growth employers to talent.

WorkingNation sat down with McKenna at SXSW EDU in Austin.

He explains, “One America Works is focused on addressing the economic divide, but from a geographic perspective. Our insight is that there’s a tremendous amount of talent all across the country, but that talent isn’t well distributed.”

He explains the pandemic led to a significant migration from large cities to smaller, less costly communities. And it’s not just companies. Talent is moving, too.

McKenna says as tech hubs grow around the country, it’s important that cities and the new arrivals be mindful about the availability of housing, investing in the community, and not excluding the people who were there before they arrived in town.

Learn more about One America Works.