Emails and social media posts were being spread across Trenton’s information highway when we all caught wind of the Capital City’s recent designation as one of the Top 20 Tech Towns in America. CompTIA’s 2018 Tech Town Index looked at quality of life for tech workers, factoring in salaries, job availability, job growth and cost of living. See the NJBiz article here: http://www.njbiz.com/article/20181023/NJBIZ01/181029964/trenton-ranked-no-18-it-town-in-nation.
The news was exciting as Trenton ranked just below Boston, but it came as no surprise to Kamal Bathla, Managing Director of Maestro Technologies headquartered at 1 State Street in Trenton. “We knew when we came here that Trenton was one of the best cities in New Jersey due to its rich resources, access to great skills, and close proximity to many great colleges and universities,” said Bathla. “Our cost and skill analysis led us to the exact same conclusion.”
According to CompTIA, cities with an abundance of well-educated talent eventually blossom into full-on innovation hubs. The study comes at a time when the technology industry is fueling economic growth and workforce gains at a rapid pace. The U.S. tech industry expanded by nearly 200,000 jobs in 2017 to an estimated 11.5 million total workers. Additionally, at $1.6 trillion, the tech sector is one of the largest components in the nation’s economy and is a top-five economic contributor in 22 states.
Bathla, who was recently honored with the 2018 Immigrant of the Year at the Sixth Annual New Jersey Immigrant Entrepreneurs Awards, sees Trenton as one of the State’s hidden treasures that’s ready to be discovered.
Maestro handles Big Data, Cybersecurity Solutions, Application Integration and Data Management as well as a complete spectrum of services in infrastructure management including Help Desk Support, Vendor Management, Integration and Migration Solutions. The company, which located to 1 West State Street in Trenton last year, is housed in a historic building constructed in 1930. The building’s site once served as a tavern that was home to many important events in the 1780’s. Congress, under the Articles of Confederation, met at the site from November 1 – December 24, 1784; General Marquis de Lafayette made his final farewell to Congress on December 11, 1784; New Jersey ratified the United States Constitution on December 18, 1787; and a reception for General Washington was held on April 21, 1789 when he was en-route to his presidential inauguration in New York City.