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About Tech Cities

Minnesota boasts a growing number of tech businesses and professionals. Tech-focused firms occupy half the spots on the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Fast 50 list, offering an array of IT solutions, business analytics, and e-commerce services. Yet despite local resources, some companies have left the Twin Cities in search of tech talent and community.

Started in 2015 at the Carlson School of Management, Tech Cities focuses on conversations around tech talent and innovation in Minnesota. Members of the community share their insights and shape the program content in a setting that promotes mutual learning.

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  • Minnesota is consistently ranked among the top places for business—and among the fastest growing states for tech jobs. From startups to Fortune 500 players, Minnesota boasts a growing number of tech business, innovations, and professionals. Minnesota isn’t Silicon Valley, but that’s not a bad thing—our strengths make the region unique among tech hubs.

    Tech Cities 2017

    Where Business Meets Technology and Talent Meets Opportunity

    Tech Cities is a learning and networking event where professionals, policy-makers, educators and emerging talent connect and share diverse perspectives on the state of Minnesota tech. Join us for conversations on:

    • TALENT 
      Learn how Minnesota grows and educates new tech talent through a number of innovative programs.

    • TRENDS
      Get insight into why tech-focused companies start here, come here and stay here in Minnesota.

    • OPPORTUNITY
      Meet tech professionals, forward-thinking organizations, and skilled students.


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  • Mike McNamara

    Keynote Speaker: CIO Mike McNamara on the Growing Role Technology Plays at Target

    Target CIO Mike McNamara will kick off the conference by sharing his views on the importance of technology to Target's future and the entire Twin Cities business community, as well as his perspectives on Minnesota's tech landscape. Learn More

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