Microsoft To Open Atlanta Office, Create 1,500 Jobs
Microsoft is opening a new facility next year that will create 1,500 new high-tech jobs in Atlanta, the governor's office said in a statement.
The $75 million investment would strengthen both Georgia's and Microsoft's roles in the innovation of new technology, Gov. Brian Kemp said.
"I am confident that our top-notch tech talent and education pipeline will continue to be an asset to Microsoft," Kemp said. "We are laser-focused on providing high-quality jobs for hardworking Georgians, and I thank Microsoft for our growing partnership."
The forthcoming facility in the Atlantic Yard Complex in Atlantic Station is an expansion of Microsoft's investment in Atlanta. The tech giant already made its mark in the city with a cloud computing engineering center in the Coda Building at Technology Square. They also have offices in Alpharetta and Buckhead.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said she is thankful because this new facility will further establish Atlanta as a global player in technological development.
"Atlanta's highly skilled workforce and history of successful public-private partnerships are two major reasons why business leaders like Microsoft continue to invest in our city," Bottoms said.
Microsoft General Manager Terrell Cox said he appreciates his company's relationship with Atlanta because of the city's rich culture and history of innovation.
"We are excited to expand our presence and further engage with the community and surrounding region, contributing positively to technical opportunity, digital fluency, and economic development," Cox said.
University System of Georgia Chairman Steve Wrigley said he is looking forward to working with college graduates who may be interested in technology jobs with Microsoft.
"This is a fantastic economic development opportunity, and our 26 institutions are excited to show our capability and commitment toward fostering the company's growth and success in the state," Wrigley said.