Citing a tremendous demand for programmers, McKelvey said that many people don’t realize that every company these days is a technology company.
“We definitely have a STEM shortage in the United States and frankly worldwide, but it is profound in the United States,” he said. “We’re trying to hire engineers now at Square in St. Louis and we see the job market, although it’s not as bad as I think it was seven years ago when Jack and I decided not to have a technical office here in St. Louis.”
While LaunchCode is part of the solution as well as developments in the Cortex Innovation District, the tech shortage remains acute in the area.
“There is a huge tech shortage,” McKelvey said. “It is so huge that literally it is constraining the growth of every corporation in St. Louis.”Literally! Constraining! The Growth! (allow me to be a tiny bit skeptical of this)