The competition for tech talent is on. Instead of recruiting companies to relocate, many cities are using a similar strategy to recruit talent by showcasing the benefits and perks they have to offer. Especially with remote work, some tech employees can live and work anywhere with an internet connection.

Yesterday, we hosted a City Pitch Series event. Columbus, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh showcased their job markets, aspects of affordability, quality of life and place characteristics, and more. One America Works founder Patrick Mckenna says, “Columbus, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh are among the highest ranking cities for tech workers right now, giving the experienced technical talent in our audience a lively competition-like view as they discover high quality options to consider calling home.” A bit about these cities:

Columbus, Ohio

Ranked highly as a startup city, great place to work in tech, and most profitable businesses, Columbus competes with the best of them. This city is growing its insurtech and fintech reputation, boasts low costs of living, and is one of the most diverse cities in the Midwest.

Indianapolis, Indiana

Not only does it house marquee employers like Salesforce and Infosys, but it innovates at the intersection of tech and other growing industries like advanced manufacturing, life sciences, and sports. Residents also enjoy nationally ranked museums, a great culinary scene, and popular sporting events.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Many people are moving to Pittsburgh for the growing robotics scene, world-class sports teams, affordable housing options, and because it consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the US.

At One America Works, we support emerging tech hubs, growing companies, and talented individuals. Learn more about what some cities are doing to attract and retain talent in this issue of The Mid-Point, and follow us on social to stay up-to-date with the latest news and events.

Inside this issue

  • Why Tech Workers Should Relocate to Indiana
  • 9 Reasons You’ll Love Living and Working in Columbus
  • A CMU Grant Will Spur Robotics Innovation in the Pittsburgh Area
  • Tech Migrating to Cities Across the Country
Indy is a mid-sized city with a huge reach. About 80% of the country is within a day’s drive of Indy. If you don’t want big city life, smaller cities like Carmel, Fishers, and Greenfield are short drives away. You’ll also take home way more of your paycheck here. You can own a home without going massively in debt. You’ll have less traffic to fight wherever you’re headed, a huge array of school options for your kids, and lots of outdoor activities to keep you entertained.

Indy is a legit tech hub and is home to Salesforce’s Marketing Cloud HQ, Infosys’ Technology & Innovation hub, multiple subsectors in cyber security, edge computing, sports tech and more. Companies like Genesys, Jobvite, UKG and Tangoe that were involved in mergers and acquisitions chose Indy as their HQ rather than other cities where they were active. Startup activity is hot and supported by nationally recognized organizations like High Alpha’s venture studio, two Techstars accelerators, and the state’s Next Level Fund. Read more

Columbus, Ohio is one of those cities that kind of has it all. Midwestern hospitality, affordability, tech jobs, beauty—oh, and amazing ice cream. Columbus has consistently ranked at the top of so many lists because it’s been dominating the tech industry. In 2018, three huge Columbus startups—Olive, Beam Dental, and Root Insurance—raised the three largest VC rounds of any Ohio tech startup. Why are tech startups popping up all over Columbus? It has to do with the well-educated community (with OSU offering a huge talent pool), good funding, and a cost of doing business that’s 2% lower than the national average. Read more


The Pittsburgh tech scene has seen growth from startups to big companies like Google and Facebook over the past few decades. Now, a new influx of money could launch further growth after the pandemic by connecting local academic prowess with homegrown entrepreneurial talent. Last month, Carnegie Mellon University announced a grant of $150 million to fund new science and technology resources in Oakland and a robotics manufacturing center at Hazelwood Green. The new Oakland building will house modern laboratories focusing on automation and machine learning, while the manufacturing center aims to advance and integrate CMU’s robotics work into the community. Read More

Tech Migrating to Cities Across the Country

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