Tech Summit Brings Businesses Together

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A networking opportunity for tech-based companies in Northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania was held Thursday in Youngstown.

More than 60 businesses attended the Tech Summit at the Williamson School of Business on the campus of Youngstown State University.

Tedd Zobb of DQE Communications, a fiber optic network service provider, made the trip from Pittsburgh to attend. He said DQE is looking to expand in Eastern Ohio.

“Our company was 14 employees just a year and a half ago and now we’re at 42,” said Zobb. “With this expansion, some other expansions in Pennsylvania, we’re looking to grow to 50- plus employees.”

DQE is looking for people with engineering, information technology and sales experience.

Zach Wunderle with EMC, a company that helps businesses develop disaster plans, is hiring in support and sales.

“Locally, we have a number of positions open and then worldwide we have a ton of positions available,” Wunderle said.

As the Valley transitions from the Rust Belt to the Tech Belt, an educated workforce in something Zobb said companies are looking for.

“All the market research shows and the activity in the market shows Youngstown is kind of following out the model that Pittsburgh utilized to move into high tech education,” said Zobb.

Mike Meloy, CEO of Data Recovery Services, partnered with the Regional Chamber to host the summit and said he hopes it becomes an annual event.

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