General Motors announced its plans to open an information technology center in Roswell, bringing with it about 1,000 high-paying jobs.
Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik went to Georgia Tech where the announcement was made Thursday. GM picked the school because the company hopes to hire graduates from the school to fill some of its positions.
That IT innovation center will be opening in Roswell on Mansell and Warsaw roads. The company is already interviewing candidates for what they are calling highly paid, highly skilled positions.
“They'll be developing systems, applications that are used by the literally hundreds of thousands of GM workers around the world, so if you think about the tools that an engineer uses, the tools that we use as it relates to the capabilities inside our factories as we produce vehicles around the world,” GM spokesman Randy Mott said. "We're looking at a mixture of high talent, energy, coming out of the university system as well as experts from across the industry."
The center is one of four that the company is opening in the United States. Mott said GM chose metro Atlanta for its quality of life and prospective employee pool.
"It's a great area, lots of nice people. I think it'll be great for the community," Mott said.
General Motors will receive some large tax breaks from the state because the jobs will be created in an Opportunity Zone. GM will receive a $3,500 tax break for every new job created.
"I think Georgia is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the rebound and that's what we've been trying to do," said Deal. "1,000 high paying jobs is good news no matter how you slice it."
Mott would not discuss specific salaries, but said about one-third of the new hires will be recent college graduates. Click here to browse GM openings in the Atlanta area.