“Charleston is approaching other tech areas like Boston, New York and Seattle … "

Affordable housing, bike lanes and the outdoors might not sound like the things technology firms need in Charleston, but they are crucial components, according to several tech executives who spoke at Dig South today in downtown Charleston.

Like much of the country, Charleston has a tech talent shortage. While local universities work to ramp up computer science departments, The Iron Yard opens its coding school in Charleston, and the Charleston Digital Corridor continues its CodeCamp — local tech companies are still recruiting outside of the region.

The growing tech community needs more software engineers, computer science graduates, coders and programmers. In their search for qualified workers, many local firms look to tech hubs such as Silicon Valley, Austin, Boston, the Research Triangle and New York City.

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