Brookings: In a white and male tech world, Tampa’s wealth of black STEM talent is a big growth opportunity


    A relatively high concentration of black residents with engineering and science degrees should work to Tampa’s advantage in growing its innovation economy, according to a researcher at Brookings Institution.

    Employers, particularly tech companies, are demanding workers with skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at unprecedented levels, and places with higher proportions of black STEM graduates have assets that companies and other black employees can build upon for future economic growth, Andre Perry, David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, wrote in an Aug. 2 report.