So it seems that the city of Indianapolis has some ideas of its own in terms of making that part of America “great again.” Some young professionals see “digital” opportunity there in contrast to Trump’s plan to bring back those manufacturing “hub” cities (and jobs) of the last century. And guess who used to be Governor there, Vice-President Mike Pence. Not only is he in favor of bringing back the good old days, he also wants to bring back that “old time religion.”
Then Governor Pence ruffled the feathers of the tech industry back in 2015 when he signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act which allowed businesses to cite religion as a reason to refuse to serve customers – a move that people say was aimed at the gay community. To his critics that alleged such discriminatory intent, he has responded that he was simply trying to ensure religious freedom? Unfortunately, this legislation has had a chilling effect in terms of the growth of Indiana’s economy across many business sectors. Some technology entrepreneurs and engineers, however, still see opportunity there. Many see a chance to play a larger role there than they might have had in Silicon Valley.
A larger role, perhaps, but with less of a salary that she could have earned in Silicon Valley. Many young professionals simply like living in a “prime Midwestern technology center.”