By: Diane Benjamin
Below are excerpts from an email I received yesterday from a current State Farm employee:
So…the story about State Farm. There are a lot of management level employees in our IT shop. Percentages of people whose jobs will move or be eliminated range from about 20% to 50% depending on the area of responsibility.
People who have the talent and skills needed for future IT work don’t want to live in Bloomington-Normal. Not because we don’t have bike lanes or fancy new hotels….but because the Midwest is cornfields and small towns. They want big city life.
The idea is to reduce the amount of layers in decision-making and to move decisions closer to the customer and away from the Bloomington bubble.
The email goes on to explain that local governments was told way back in the mid 90’s to diversify and recruit other businesses because State Farm may not always have a large presence here.
How did local governments react? Parklets