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DETROIT -- General Motors is planning to open an information technology center in suburban Atlanta, which will create about 1,000 jobs in the area over the next three to five years.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and other state leaders announced the development Thursday at Georgia Tech on Thursday.
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"I am immensely proud that our bright university students as well as our skilled veteran workforce are attracting innovative multinational companies such as General Motors to Georgia," Deal said in a statement.
"As a workforce-rich, technology-focused state, Georgia has attracted a cluster of such global innovation centers, and is ideally suited to helping GM achieve its business goals. GM's strategic decision to locate here moves us closer to becoming the No. 1 place in the nation in which to business."
"Locating this Innovation Center in Atlanta makes good business sense because we can draw from a deep pool of local talent," GM Chief Information Officer Randy Mott said in a statement. "These Innovation Centers will design and deliver IT that drives down the cost of ongoing operations while continuously increasing the level and speed at which innovative products and services are available to our GM customers."
Georgia Tech President Bud Peterson said the university has already partnered with GM on many projects. "We look forward to even greater collaborations, as well as exciting career opportunities for graduates from University System institutions in GM's new innovation center right here in the Metro Atlanta area."
The move is part of a larger push by the automaker to hire up to 10,000 technology professionals over a three- to five-year period to produce GM software and other electronic applications in-house, as opposed to buying the products from outside companies.
General Motors Co. operates information technology centers in Warren, Mich., and Austin, Texas, and representatives say entry-level software engineers make between $60,000 and $70,000.
The company spokesman says the facility in Roswell is expected to open in March and hiring will begin immediately. That's unique for large projects, said Commissioner of Ga. Economic Development Chris Cummiskey. The fact that UPS left the building in good shape two years ago made the difference.
"A lot of times when there are big companies like Baxter or Caterpillar--those are great--but it takes two or three years to build these plants, these people are going to start hiring in the coming weeks," Cummiskey said.