June Project Announcements
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
GE to launch global Digital Operations Center in Atlanta - GE Digital will create 250 jobs, invest $3 million in facility
June 9, 2016 - Gov. Nathan Deal announced that GE Digital will establish its first global Digital Operations Center in Atlanta. This project will create 250 jobs and represents an investment of approximately $3 million in the local community.
Kudos to Ashley Morris, Project Manager, Global Commerce Division, Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD); Greg Simon from the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Brenda Robbins from the Georgia Power Company, Greg King from Georgia Tech; and Randi Mason from Invest Atlanta.
Amazon to create more than 500 jobs in Jackson County -
June 22, 2016 - Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Amazon will create more than 500 full-time jobs in the Braselton area. The 600,000-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center in Jackson County will be used for packing and shipping large items such as household décor, sporting equipment and gardening tools.
Amazon currently employs more than 1,500 full-time employees in Georgia and there are more than 70,000 authors, sellers and developers statewide growing their businesses and reaching new customers through Amazon.
Congratulations to Brittany Holtzclaw, Director, Logistics, Energy, Agribusiness & Food Team, Global Commerce, Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD); and partners: Jim Shaw, President, Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce and the Jackson County Industrial Development Authority; Bradley Harris, Senior Project Manager, Georgia Electric Membership Corporation (EMC); and the TPA Group.
GRANITE TO EXPAND IN COBB COUNTY, CREATE 50 NEW JOBS
June 23, 2016 – The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) announced Granite Telecommunications, LLC, a provider of communications solutions to businesses and government entities, will expand their current operation in Cobb County, creating 50 new jobs in sales, engineering, support and leadership roles.
Congratulations to Shirlynn Brownell, Project Manager, Global Commerce division, GDEcD; and team, including Gregg Simon, Vice President, Economic Development, Metro Atlanta Chamber; Rob Garcia III, Workforce Development Manager, and Brooks Mathis, Vice President, Economic Development, Cobb Chamber of Commerce; and Doug Coffey, Project Manager, Georgia Power Company.
GDEcD: Pratt & Whitney to invest $65M in Columbus
June 30, 2016 - The Georgia Department of Economic Development today announced that Pratt & Whitney, a world leader in the design, manufacturing and servicing of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units, will invest $65 million to retrofit and equip their Columbus Engine Center to perform PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ (GTF) engine maintenance on-site.
Congratulations to the team, consisting of Candice Scott, Regional Project Manager, Global Commerce division, Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD); Bill Murphy, Brian Anderson, Brian Sillitto, Janeen Tucker, Katherine Kelly, Joe Sanders and Lindsey Braxton from the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the City of Columbus, the Development Authority of Columbus and Quick Start.
A Note from Bill Murphy, Executive Director, Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce
We have a great team here in Columbus and at the State!
Starting with Pratt & Whitney, I want to thank Tom Sri (UTC Government Relations); Tom Bode, the operations head for the Engine side of Pratt & Whitney’s business, as well as the KPMG folks who guided Pratt through the process (Raj Varma).
We also appreciated the support of our Mayor and City Council as well as the Development Authority of Columbus (especially, Russ Carreker, our current Chair; Billy Blanchard, our former Chair; and, Ed Sprouse, our legal counsel) and our team here at the Chamber (Brian Anderson; my ED team: Brian Sillitto, Janeen Tucker, Katherine Kelly and Lindsey Braxton; and Joe Sanders, our CFO).
The state has been equally supportive: from the Governor who took time to meet with Pratt recently and at the Dubai Air Show last year; to Commissioner Carr and Tom Croteau to Candice Scott and Teresa Robertson. QuickStart was also a big help!
Finally, we appreciated the support of our local schools (especially, Tim Vinson with Muscogee County Schools and Jamie Loyd with Columbus Technical College). Even though this project does not technically have any new jobs associated with it, they have been working with the company at various times over the last two years.
This was truly a team effort!