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Last updated 9:16PM ET
December 13, 2017
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IT group receives grant to develop high tech jobs
(WOUB) - High tech jobs in the hills of southeast Ohio? Gary Little is working to make it happen.

Little is president of the Information Technology Alliance of Appalachian Ohio. The Athens-based organization recently snagged a $500,000 grant for developing interactive digital technology in our region.

"We're wanting to not only attract new IDT companies to the region, but grow our own," said Little. "Create the processes and support systems for entrepreneurial development so that young people coming out of the colleges and universities in the region can have a chance to start their own game development companies."

The first step is to come up with a plan that organizes existing interactive digital technology assets such as those at Ohio University, Shawnee State University and Washington State Community College.

Then the Information Technology Alliance will cultivate computer programming, computer animation and other such businessess.

The plan will also include building a high tech workforce, and if it all comes together, more grant money - a lot more - will be awarded for implementation.

The promise is for $4.5 million, which Little says will create "A 21st Century economy of high paying" jobs for Appalachia Ohio.
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