Walmart plans 2 Texas offices to focus on tech

Plano, Austin sites chosen to mine state’s pool of talent

Texas is quickly becoming another hotbed of technology-related activity for Walmart Inc.

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RBear says...

I get why Walmart is making this move, but I think the move to Austin was more about hype than anything else. Right now, Austin has a big skill gap that is not being filled fast enough. What makes that worse is that the salaries in Austin are being inflated by both the gap and the cost of living. Austin is no longer an easy place to live due to the growth. There are other tech hubs Walmart could have picked
But let's bring this home. Arkansas needs to be working to fill these gaps through programs at universities and tech hubs such as the Venture Center and in NW Arkansas. It also means creating an environment that these young innovators want to live in that's not oppressive or regressive. Conservatives in our state just can't seem to understand that. They believe that providing equal rights for LGBT individuals in urban centers will intrude on the "religious freedoms" of some Baptist preacher in Podunk, AR.
Texas is struggling with those same challenges, but has allowed progressive environments to grow in Dallas, Austin, Houston, and San Antonio. Those cities are some of the fastest growing cities in the nation. It's time for Arkansas legislators figure that trend out and stop trying to take this state back fifty years.

Posted 18 March 2018, 8:30 a.m. Suggest removal

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