Jarvis: New knowledge hub in Windsor core

Monday, June 1, 2015

The Windsor Star/Anne Jarvis

Alteris Group, a marketing company in Southfield, Mich., needed an IT team to offer customers more digital solutions.

Guess where it found its team? Windsor.

It hired 15 software engineers to design websites and apps, snapping up people whom Doug Sartori, president of Hackforge, the local tech non-profit, taught at St. Clair College and mentored at Hackforge.

Now Alteris is opening an office for them downtown at Dougall and Chatham streets, the latest of about 15 tech companies and organizations forming the germ of a new knowledge hub in the core.

“It’s one of the better kept secrets in Windsor,” said David McDowall, digital solutions manager for Alteris, who lives in Amherstburg. “In the past, we’ve had to go to Toronto or Vancouver to sign people. But I think there’s a pretty good talent pool in Windsor. We were able to put together a pretty good team.”

With multiple university and college campuses, plus companies like mobile app developer Red Piston, network monitoring company Netmon and game developer iDream Interactive and technology accelerator WEtech Alliance, the core is changing.

“Downtown is a focus for the high-tech community, especially for companies started and run by millennials,” said Sartori. “We’re seeing a lot of them locate downtown.

“There’s a lot of potential here,” he said. “We’ve got the germ of a tech hub and now the effort is to develop it.”

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