General Motors announced this week they will open an information technology center in Chandler, Arizona. The center will employ up to 1,000 people, and is the fourth and final center of it's type the company is building in the United States. The other three centers are located in Roswell, Georgia; Warren, Michigan; and Austin, Texas. The locations were chosen because of nearby universities, as well as the availability of technology talent.
“The greater Phoenix area is a fantastic hub of emerging technical talent – from university graduates to working professionals. GM needs these kinds of world-class and skilled employees to be as successful as we want to be,” said GM Chief Information Officer Randy Mott in a statement. “Chandler is the perfect addition to our overall Innovation Center market strategy, locating in great communities that are on the leading edge of innovation and technology.”
General Motors indicates they plan to hire software developers, project managers, database experts, and business analysts, as well as other information technology professionals at the Chandler location. The intent is to develop software and technology in house at GM, instead of relying on outside companies for innovation. The Detroit based automaker plans to invest twenty one million dollars in the facility, with plans to have the site open early in the year 2014. In the interim the automaker plans to immediately open a temporary location in west Chandler, and will build the new center in the Price Corridor near the intersection of Loop 101 and 202.
“GM could have chosen to locate this premier facility anywhere in the country, so it is a tremendous credit to our state and everything we have to offer that GM has decided to build right here in Arizona,” said Arizona Governor Jan Brewer in a statement. “Today’s announcement speaks volumes about the business-friendly environment we have created in Arizona, including our high-tech workforce, competitive tax policies and lean regulations. I could not be prouder of our state or what this announcement means for the future of the Arizona economy.”
“This is exactly the type of technology employer we need in Chandler and in our state,” Mayor Tibshraeny said in a statement. “The GM Innovation Center is a perfect complement to Chandler’s Price Corridor, and furthers the city’s reputation as a regional hub for innovation and high-tech businesses.”
Click here to read the City of Chandler news release on the new center.
Click here to read the General Motors news release on the new center
Like to write? Have local or national insight or inside information? Examiner.com is searching for writers on a variety of topics ranging from book publishing to skateboarding. Check out our list of local or national titles and apply for one that fits your interests. Don't see a topic you like? Change the location on the upper left and/or the category on the upper right or even suggest a topic.