Good bill. If a company is receiving an almost total concession on taxes, it should be required to tap into the educated local network and start hiring. There are Virgin Islanders in every profession who are dying to come home but are blocked by transplant-run companies. We might just be able to recruit JahRustyFerrari (tech wiz) back home!
Most VI students retain their VI resident status, so this policy could help turn the tide in our efforts to recruit them back home to change the island.
I got a kind of love/hate relationship with your posts on the forum but I just read and continue on my merry way.
I'm from here born and raised. Grew up as a "town man" and my moms lived in Castle Coakley so i'm now considered a "Castle man". I moved away to NYC after high school and I recently came back. I said I'm going to give it a year back. I could be making much more away. Honestly speaking, you guys gotta stop blaming people for the island being f'd up and look at your locals first. Yes people have companies and take advantage of the tax benefits that's why they're there. They do hire locals if you fit the bill. I recently just started working for an EDC so I'm not talking out my ass here. They have these jobs up for months and ... "some time" .... no one has the skills to fill em. I had to take a technical test(CSS/PHP/JS) before I even had my first interview and I'm pretty sure with that test they were some failures that DQ'd people from advancing.
Here's the plot twist I came here with the intensions to work in the government or the school system. My way of giving back because I know for a fact we are behind here as far as Web Technologies go. Guess who give me the cold shoulder? .... take a guess.....it wasn't the transplants.
Edit: When I say "here" I meant St.Croix and I edited my generalization up there.
They have those jobs up for months, sure...I'm happy that you were fortunate enough to land a web development-type job back home. I have been sending resumes to every company in the US Virgin Islands that has software development jobs listed ever since I came to Florida in February of 2015. I have NEVER received a response, so it's not like nobody is trying. Many times the jobs are posted simply to satisfy DOL requirements.
None of this has helped me to even get a phone screen with any of the firms listing software development jobs in the VI, so again I congratulate you. I'll continue to take my chances on the mainland.
I'm not here to argue with you. I made that edit that said "some time" people aren't qualified because i know someone was gonna take that and run with it. I don't know what was your circumstances. I happened to get in touch with 3 companies here(2 EDCs and one local) I hit the ground running like i was in NYC(linkedin, twitter, DOL, and company sites) I'm a Web Developer/Designer and you're a Software Engineer....same space but different jobs. I'm actually fresh out of college with a BA and an AS before that and self-teaching myself to a point where I was mostly always ahead of my college peers. I started college at 25 so I was focused. I had a job in NYC lined up for the moment I stepped out of college but my ticket was already bought and I took a chance. My road to a job, here in the Virgin Islands, wasn't easy and my interview process was a month long(phone, questionnaire, technical test, 1st interview, 2nd interview + live coding test. All I was trying to say is. I tried the local channels and they obviously didn't work. The moment I tried the private sector I got some traction so it isn't fair for you guys to generalize. Check my first post on this forum and you'd see my journey to a job. No BS, no fluff, just fact here.
EDIT: My first post ever on this forum made on June 6, 2015 and I came back to St.Croix on July 5.
I'm originally from St.Croix but I left after high school but I'm moving back in a month for a little bit. I'm interested in knowing if they are any tech and/or design agencies in St.Croix. If so, could anyone point me in the right direction?
My mother still lives in St.Croix but she isn't into technology. I've noticed that it's very hard to get information about the Virgin Islands online. I just finished up my BA in Emerging Media and have an AS in Multimedia and Design with concentration in Programming. I'm looking to align myself with a company looking for a well-rounded creative. I focus on Web Development but I have a thing for design.