Does your city have a technology ambassador?

By | June 2, 2011

I love Nashville

One main objective that Marcus Whitney and I had when we co-founded the first BarCamp and PodCamp Nashville was putting Nashville on the Digital Map.

The Digital Map is a figurative term for a map depicting the country’s leading technology hubs.

The point was to show the world how amazing the technology community is here (and it is!). We knew that the more content people created around these events, the better Nashville would be in the eyes of entrepreneurs, investors and would-be employees looking for a place to begin or continue their careers. Never mind the valley, here’s Nashville!

Nashville needs a brand ambassador

By now you are probably aware of the position of a brand ambassador, brand advocate or brand evangelist – they are virtually the same thing. This is the person responsible for getting the word out and representing the great stuff their brand has to offer.

Our city needs someone on the ground at the many important technology events. We need a hyper-local-Scobleizer. Someone who is fully equipped with a camera and tons of Nashville-centric swag. We need a foot soldier who’s not afraid of talking to everyone at BlogWorld Expo, TiE50, SXSW Interactive, CES, etc. They need to inform the masses about the tech movement here.

Why a Nashville ambassador?

As folks recognize Nashville’s thriving technology community and they take notice of our low crime rate, awesome music scene and inexpensive cost of living, they will choose to relocate here. They are already taking notice, even the brainiacs are starting to catch on.

Nashville is already home to three of the fastest growing companies in the US. The Nashville Technology Council (NTC) recently wrote about 1,065 IT jobs to fill here. That’s unfilled jobs!

Between the NTC and Nashville Chamber of Commerce, a Nashville ambassador would be the perfect weapon in spreading the news that technology is alive, well and growing in Music City.

It’s like this…

More investors and entrepreneurs equals more businesses. More businesses means more jobs. More jobs means a better local economy. A better local economy results in more talented people moving to Nashville. All in all it’s a big, fat, WIN!

Do other cities have a technology ambassador? What do you think about this idea?

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  • http://www.flybluekite.com Laura Click

    Love this idea, Dave. And, I nominate YOU! :)

  • bob bradley

    figure up a budget with a big travel line. the roi would be a great metric, too, on this, an innovative framework for generating data. a three-five year pilot for possible replication. brand the method and license to other cities, markets, etc. bully!

  • bob bradley

    figure up a budget with a big travel line. the roi would be a great metric, too, on this, an innovative framework for generating data. a three-five year pilot for possible replication. brand the method and license to other cities, markets, etc. bully!

  • http://www.davemadethat.com Dave Delaney

    Exactly! Thanks Bob.
    I wonder if the powers that be will take notice and consider this.

  • http://www.davemadethat.com Dave Delaney

    Ah thanks. I think you would rock it! I vote for you.

    Actually, a voting process by the community would be a great part of the hiring process. Good idea!

  • Tod Fetherling

    Great Post Dave.  The Tech Council and P2020 under the Chamber should take this one.  You mention the open positions.  If we get the talent and a little bench here, then more innovation can occur as well.  So this person would need to be a recruiter as well.  Thanks for all you do for the region.  Tod

  • Jessica Hill

    I also think this is a great idea and a great post! Nashville is really exciting right now with all the wonderful tech talent and entrepreneurs… it would be awesome to have a technology ambassador out at all the events nation wide.

  • http://www.davemadethat.com Dave Delaney

    Thanks

  • http://www.flybluekite.com Laura Click

    Well thanks, Dave! Group hug! ;)

    Love the idea of a voting process for this. The real question is, who employs this person? The Chamber would make a lot of sense for sure.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kidd.redd Kidd Redd

    Great idea, and you’re the man to do it. I wonder, though, if we don’t need an technology advocate within our own city even more. Someone to be the squeaky wheel on forward-thinking matters such as: a Nashville gigabit network. Better tech in schools. Decent wireless in public spaces. Applying technology to mass transit issues. Apps that communicate what the city council is doing. Not to mention the music biz. There are speakers playing country music on speakers downtown. Why not a free app with a Nashville channel of music, tourist info, directions? I can go on and on. To be a tech hub, we need better tech. We’re building a convention center, but I can’t get my iPhone to connect to the internet in half of downtown, at a hockey game or in the Gulch? 

    Sorry, this is not intended as a rant. But there is great opportunity. The Mayor needs to get a DM every day at 6:00 am that says, “Dude. What are we doing to have cooler tech for residents, visitors and business today?” If we are going to have an ambassador out there, let’s give him something to talk about other than “we have smart people, some cool companies and Barcamp.”

  • http://www.davemadethat.com Dave Delaney

    Definitely. Thanks Tod!

  • http://www.davemadethat.com Dave Delaney

    Exactly. We need to be representing!

  • http://www.davemadethat.com Dave Delaney

    Thanks Kidd. All very valid points.

    I think there is (and will always be) room for improvement at a local level.
    However, we need more talented people to reside here to get the jobs done.
    Your app idea is a great one, but Nashville lacks iOS developers, that’s
    just an example.

    I agree with you though. We do need to address areas that are lacking in
    tech in town.

  • http://twitter.com/RavenCourts Courtney Seiter

    I thought you were already our Nashville technology ambassador, Dave! :)

  • http://www.davemadethat.com Dave Delaney

    Thanks :)

  • http://www.davemadethat.com Dave Delaney

    Thanks :)

  • http://www.davemadethat.com Dave Delaney

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