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CentralApp CEO embarks on mission to bring remote tech jobs to Appalachia

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“Silicon Holler is going to be the new Silicon Valley,” said Patrick Farrell, one of CentralApp’s co-founders. “And I think Todd is just the person to lead the way for us. His extensive experience in growing and scaling tech companies is impressive. More importantly, he has a passion for our mission to bring new, high-wage jobs to Appalachia. That’s a powerful combination. You can’t stop a person who has both the know-how and the drive to pull it all together.”

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CentralApp’s “Operation Rural Tech” attempts to bring remote tech jobs to Appalachia

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“My goal is to raise awareness about all the activity the country has for domestic tech workers in Appalachia. I would like to think over the long-term we could get people to think about when they outsource technology rather than thinking they have to go to India or eastern Europe they can outsource those jobs to Appalachia,” said Cope. “I really think we can get there.”

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Operation Rural Tech: Anticipated Route

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Last updated: January 8, 2021 As part of the Operation Rural Tech initiative, Todd Cope, CEO of CentralApp, plans to visit the following cities: Monday, January 4: Huntington, West Virginia Ashland, West Virginia Hazard, Kentucky London, Kentucky Tuesday, January 5: Knoxville, Tennessee Charlotte, North Carolina Wednesday, January 6: Atlanta, Georgia Thursday, January 7: Chattanooga, Tennessee Friday, January 8: Nashville, Tennesee …

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2021 Power of Performance honorees announced

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Todd Cope, CEO of CentralApp was also recognized for his organization’s efforts in the Putting People to Work category. CentralApp trains people in technical skills and works to connect companies in need of tech talent with qualified workers from throughout the Appalachian region.

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Operation Rural Tech: Thinking Bigger

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We need to shake off this imposter syndrome and remember who we are: proud, creative, resilient, and brave mountaineers who can build or fix anything. Who aren’t afraid to blaze trails and trod where others haven’t. And who don’t give a damn about others’ opinions of us, because we believe in ourselves and each other.

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Operation Rural Tech — The Idea

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Our country has been divided too long, and this difficult year has only widened the gulf between rural and urban communities. I believe if we can work together — literally work together — by connecting rural people to urban economies, we’re more likely to find common ground and shared understanding. The tech economy has created unprecedented opportunity and prosperity…for some.
As Brad Smith, former CEO of Intuit and a native West Virginian is fond of saying, “Talent is equally distributed. Unfortunately, economic opportunity has not been.”