DBEDT NEWS RELEASE: 16th annual holiday tech job fair aimed at keeping and bringing talented kama’aina home

Posted on Dec 3, 2015 in Latest News, Newsroom, Press Releases

HONOLULU – The High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) is inviting companies looking for talented kamaaina to make use of their technology skills at a higher-than-average paying job in their home state to participate in its16th annual Holiday Science & Tech Job Fair.

The event will feature exhibitors from the tech, software, web and medical industries, and is an opportunity for Hawaii job seekers to network with high-growth companies and innovative startups. The job fair runs from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29 at the Japanese Cultural Center’s Manoa Grand Ballroom. A networking reception follows from 6 to 8 p.m., which provides an opportunity for participants to meet others in the tech community.

“The Holiday Science & Tech Job Fair is designed to showcase all the promising opportunities that exist here in the local tech sector. The technology companies have openings and are looking to hire local talent,” said Luis Salaveria, director of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, which oversees HTDC and promotes the innovation sector job growth. “This is a prime time event for kamaaina who are home for the holidays and students looking for exciting new jobs in Hawaii.”

The free fair is open to the public and includes resume evaluations, as well as human resource presentations.

“The fair is another way to improve our economy and get us a step closer to our  ambitious goal of creating 80,000 new tech and innovation jobs paying $80,000 or more by 2030,” said Robbie Melton, executive director and CEO at HTDC. “To accomplish the 80/80 plan, Hawaii needs to focus on more competitive research and development jobs that utilize a higher skill set.”

For more information on the Holiday Tech Fair, visit www.techjobshawaii.org/.

About HTDC (High Technology Development Corporation)

HTDC is a state agency, attached to the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT). The agency was established by the Hawaii State Legislature in 1983 to facilitate the development and growth of Hawaii’s commercial high technology industry. The state views high technology as an important driver in the diversification of Hawaii’s economy and one that provides quality, high-paying jobs for Hawaii residents.

About DBEDT (Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism)

DBEDT is Hawaii’s resource center for economic and statistical data, business development opportunities, energy and conservation information, and foreign trade advantages. DBEDT’s mission is to achieve a Hawaii economy that embraces innovation and is globally competitive, dynamic and productive, providing opportunities for all Hawaii’s citizens. Through its attached agencies, the department fosters planned community development, creates affordable workforce housing units in high-quality living environments, and promotes innovation sector job growth.

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Media Contacts:

Robbie Melton
High Technology Development Corporation
Office: (808) 539-3615
Email: Robbie@htdc.org
Website: www.htdc.org

Christine Hirasa
Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism
Phone: (808) 587-9006
Mobile: (808) 286-9017
Email: Christine.M.Hirasa@hawaii.gov
Website: dbedt.hawaii.gov