A Kearney information systems manager and other Nebraskans are quoted in a recent Businessweek article about how Nebraska and other states in the Midwest and Northeast are trying to reverse migration out of rural areas.
The article discusses the “rural sourcing” trend we told you about last March, in which information technology or software development work is outsourced to rural U.S. cities instead of overseas in India or the Philippines.
Wallace Harwood, 34, told Businessweek he was thinking about leaving Nebraska to find opportunity elsewhere before being hired in Kearney at Xpanxion, the Atlanta-based software developer founded by Nebraska native Paul Eurek. Eurek told The World-Herald rural sourcing is an advantage to U.S. companies because they are hiring American workers but don’t have to pay high urban wages.
Businessweek reports that Kansas is attracting professionals to rural areas by offering student loan reimbursements up to $15,000 and by waiving state income taxes. In upstate New York, a community agency is auctioning vacant homes for less than $3,000 in some cases.
Here in Nebraska, Eurek is involved in the Rural Sourcing Project, an effort to recruit university alumni back to Nebraska by connecting them with job opportunities. The project’s message: “Nebraska misses you.”