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CoastLine is a variety news show, which airs Wednesdays from 12pm - 1pm on WHQR.Every week, we’ll look into issues that matter in the Cape Fear Region. Host Rachel Lewis Hilburn will interview expert guests and invite you to join the conversation.

CoastLine: Tech Sector Challenges And Opportunities

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The Center for Nanoscale Materials at the Advanced Photon Source. Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory / Matt Howard
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North Carolina added more than 10,000 jobs in the tech sector last year alone.  That makes it seventh in the nation for job growth, according to a study by Computing Technology Industry Association, a nonprofit advocacy group.

As part of a tech sector push, the University of North Carolina Wilmington added a new accelerated master’s degree in data science last year. The university also earlier this week hosted its 15th annual WITX – Wilmington Information Technology Exchange. 

On this edition of CoastLine, we explore how the tech sector is growing in the Cape Fear region, why Wilmington continues to become a hot spot for certain tech clusters such as fintech, or financial services technology, and what some of the recurring obstacles seem to be.

Also, as the local economy integrates with tech services, is the local educational system keeping pace with the continually-evolving tech sector?

Guests:

Diane Durance, Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of North Carolina Wilmington

Sean Ahlum, Senior Director of Innovation for CastleBranch and Senior Director of tekMountain