October 20, 2020
Interview Published by AWS Institute

AWS Institute Virtual Video Panel: Building Cloud Skills and Jobs in Rural America

Industry experts dispels myths about rural communities and share solutions to bridge the rural urban skills gap

AWS Partner AmazonAccording to the McKinsey Global Institute, by 2030 most of the United States’ economic and employment growth will be generated by 30% of the population, living, and working in 25 mega regions.

At the same time, in the high-growth tech sectors, employers cannot find enough skilled urban employees to fill available jobs.

Paradoxically, nearly 25% of Americans live in rural areas where jobs are disappearing in industries such as manufacturing and agriculture. Is migration from rural areas to mega-cities the only solutions? Do rural workers have the skills needed to transition to tech sector jobs?

In this AWS Institute Virtual Video Panel, Laura Dawson, Director at AWS Institute hosts the discussion with industry experts, Brendan Walsh, SVP of 1901 Group and Tejas Vashi, Global Leader of AWS re/Start, about how to build cloud-technology skills and employment in America’s rural communities.

The panel also share what educators, employers, and public officials can do next to address the growing and expanding skills gap.

Watch the AWS Institute Virtual Video Panel here.



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Sonu Singh

Sonu is the founder of 1901 Group and corporate leader responsible for our strategic vision, innovative business model, and financial performance.

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George Batsakis
EVP and Chief Strategy Officer

George leads the company’s overall corporate development and strategy planning process and provides expertise in executive management, operations, new business development, emerging technology and technology partnership.

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Paul Wilkinson
EVP, Business Development

Paul leads Business Development, Capture Management, Marketing, and Channel Partners. Paul provides leadership for 1901 Group’s growth initiatives by supporting the development of new markets and services.

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James Christopher
EVP, Operations and Engineering

James brings over 25 years of industry experience to 1901 with a focus on delivering Information Technology business solutions and managed services.

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Dana Pittman
SVP, Talent Strategy & Human Resources

Dana is the leader of our Human Capital Management function for providing organizational growth, performance, and profitability.

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Brendan Walsh
SVP, Partner Relations

Brendan leads our partner relations and management efforts and supports business development activities in addition to establishing strategic business alliances with leading cloud service providers and security solutions.

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Brian Lubin
SVP, Service Management

Brian leads the development and management of our service offerings and brings great value in aligning our growth and delivery activities while ensuring profitability.

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