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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – It seems fitting that this former unemployment office is now the new Launchcode headquarters.  Tuesday afternoon interviews over Skype and in person took place to find the next potential information technology trainee.

'St. Louis has several times now been used as an example of what can be done around alternative hiring and tech and how do you open up these jobs that need to be filled that employers need filled, to folks who have the skill and will but not the traditional credentials for these positions,' says Alex Miller, VP Strategy Launchcode.

In two years, Launchcode has trained and helped 300 individuals get it jobs.

Meanwhile in Baltimore, Launchcode executive director Brendan Lind was on hand for the launch of the Labor Department`s $100 million dollar tech hire grant competition.

'The announcement today is to release competitive funding from the Department of Labor for communities to apply for that and St. Louis being designated a tech hire community has a great opportunity to take advantage of that,' says Miller.

It’s part of President Obama`s Tech Hire initiative to help under trained and unemployed find text jobs across the country.

And it just might help remake this former rust belt city into a tech center for tomorrow.

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