Jet Fuel Of Talent Development Feeds Success

Jan 13, 2021

Building a talented workforce is a key element in growing our community.

For Doug McCollough, being named in the TOP 20 for Amazon HQ2 is a wake-up call for the community. The question to us as a community – are we prepared to grow and compete with other communities that have other natural advantages?

This ability to compete comes down to access to talent. As IT Leaders, who do we presume will come in to address this. We need to engage in this conversation and develop a new skill set for ourselves. It is up to us to build the community that builds sustainable talent flow. Doug discusses:

1. What do we want our community to look like in the future?

2. What gaps do we see?

3. What does the technology leader of the future look like? Who exemplifies that leader now?

4. What do we have in place now that can help provide the "jet fuel of talent"?

5. What do we still need to build?

This discussion will be informative for leaders trying to build their talent pipeline anywhere in the world. The conversation comes from the October 2018 archives. 


Doug McCollough is CIO of the City of Dublin, Ohio. He is a leader working on initiatives ranging from Connected and Autonomous Vehicles to expanding broadband networks to Smart Cities and Blockchain. Doug is passionate about the technology workforce and the changing nature of the technical talent pool. Doug has taken an active interest in the Central Ohio Technology Community as well as developing expertise in Smart Cities, Intelligent Communities, Digital Government, Broadband and Technology Workforce.

Doug is on the Advisory Board of Per Scholas in Columbus, Ohio, and the National Advisory Board of Tech Corps, both organization that work to expose people to opportunities in the technology workforce. The City of Dublin has formed the Global Institute for the Study of the Intelligent Community of Dublin, Ohio. Doug is interested in Smart Mobility, IoT, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Automation, Bots, and the social implications these technologies bring with them.