Plano, Texas–For the first time in a generation, a city is embracing the concept of the web.
Plano’s Web Design Institute is opening an office this month, and the school is opening a new office in the same neighborhood in April.
It’s the culmination of a decade-long effort to get more women and minorities to the workforce.
In the last four years, women and people of color have made up more than half of the workforce, and there are now more women in tech than men.
But women still comprise just 13.5% of the city’s population, according to a recent Pew Research Center report.
The gap is expected to widen further in the next few years, said Jennifer Maffulli, the institute’s director.
Plans for the new office are ambitious, and it’s already taking shape.
In March, the city hired an architect to design a new building in a trendy area of the Loop that’s home to some of the most hip restaurants in town.
The plan calls for more than 200 high-end condos in a downtown district, and a new, five-story office tower.
“This is going to be a beautiful place,” said David Breslow, who manages the site.
“We’re going to create a really cool space.”
The building will include two floors of office space and the possibility for a rooftop terrace.
The space will be designed by Bresless Architects, a Chicago-based firm with a history of urban design that has won awards for its high-rises in downtown Chicago and New York City.
The school is also working on a major expansion to its main campus, which includes a new campus and a mixed-use tower, which will include retail space and offices.
The university hopes to hire 1,000 full- and part-time employees by the end of 2019, and its enrollment is expected grow to more than 12,000 by 2020.
Planos efforts include hiring women and ethnic minorities to design for the office space.
In addition to women and women of color, the school has created a diversity-focused hiring committee to recruit candidates from outside of the university, and plans to hire women from outside the university in 2020.
A recent job fair focused on digital branding for the city also attracted many young women, many of whom had just moved to the area from elsewhere.
“We’re still a very young city and we’re still trying to figure out how to get to that next level,” said Sarah Avila, who works for the school.
The new office, with its rooftop terraces, is part of a plan to diversify the workforce and increase the number of minority and women employees, said Mary McGovern, the interim CEO of the institute.
The institute is working to expand the number and types of women who can join the staff, and she said it hopes to double its workforce by 2020, bringing the number to 5,000.
It will be a major leap forward for the institute, which has a reputation for high quality and high standards.
In 2015, it ranked first in the nation for students with bachelor’s degrees in Web Design, with more than 3,600 applicants.
“Plano is a city that is always looking to be innovative,” said McGovern.
“It has this strong tradition of creating things that are going to make a difference and help the world.”
Plano Mayor John Boggs, who is white, praised the new work.
“The Web is the most important tool we have, but we also know that the internet is a place where we can learn,” he said.
“And we are very passionate about our work.”
But it’s hard to argue with the message that diversity is not enough.
In an interview last year, McGovern said the institute has to focus on a broad set of applicants from diverse backgrounds, not just those with the highest marks.
“I think it’s very important to give them the opportunity to apply,” she said.