Primarily located in Latin America, Oktana was drawn to West Virginia because of its sense of home. Oktana is a software developer within the information technology industry that provides custom app development. The company specializes in design, implementation, optimization, and integration to Salesforce, including Heroku and MuleSoft. In January of 2020, they opened their first onshore development office in Downtown Charleston, West Virginia.
“What we find in West Virginia is that West Virginians love West Virginia,” said General Manager Julia Barrett, Oktana. “We’re really happy to be here, providing jobs to people who want to be here and who are excited that we’re here.”
A combination of access to great universities and Appalachian culture led Oktana to West Virginia, and the state’s loyal workforce is one of the many reasons the company strives to stay and prosper.
Oktana is a leader within West Virginia’s information technology sector, which is growing at a fast pace and includes researchers and practitioners from university research facilities, government agencies and commercial enterprises. The information technology industry has a $2.5 billion economic impact on the state and the West Virginia Department of Economic Development (WVDED) has access to various sources of funding to spur and support entrepreneurship and startup activity within this space.
“We are lucky to have successful businesses like Oktana call our state home, especially within the up-and-coming technology industry,” said WVDED Executive Director Mike Graney. “This industry sector is incredibly important to the nation’s economy and West Virginia is well on its way to becoming an information technology leader. We will do everything possible to ensure Oktana continues to prosper and says ‘Yes, West Virginia’ for years to come.”
Oktana says #YesWV because of the reliable workforce they have found here and the fact that the Mountain State feels like home for their employees. With low turnover rates, a great business climate, and a great location, there are many reasons Oktana is here to stay.