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High-tech employees account for more than 15% of workforce in Allen


Allen is becoming a hub for high-tech employees, according to new information from the city’s Economic Development Corporation.

High-tech employees represent 15.3% of the city’s workforce, well above the national average of 10.8%. In addition, the city’s total technology jobs have increased by 7.3% in the past 10 years, compared to a national increase of 1.8%, according a report from the Allen EDC.

Among the notable Allen employers the EDC points to are Brass Roots Technologies, Boss Fight Entertainment, GIACT, WatchGuard Inc. and Forte Payment Systems, all of which have been acquired over the last four years.

  • Last month, Christie Digital Systems USA acquired Brass Roots Technologies, which specializes in engineering design of advanced optics and electronics for high-performance display and imaging systems.
  • In March, Netflix acquired independent game developer Boss Fight Entertainment to help expand its gaming catalog. Boss Fight Entertainment will continue operating out of its Allen headquarters, as well as its Austin and Seattle studios.
  • Refinitiv, one of the largest providers of financial markets data and infrastructure, acquired GIACT, an industry leader in payments and identity fraud protection, in 2020.
  • Motorola Solutions acquired WatchGuard, a leader in mobile video solutions for law enforcement, in 2019.
  • CSG Systems acquired Forte Payment Systems in 2018 to advance the company’s portfolio of public cloud offerings.

In addition, Allen ISD is helping to foster future technology workers with its STEAM Center, which opened in 2019.

According to the Allen EDC, the center serves about 18,000 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade each year, providing instruction and experience in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.



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