Global consulting firm Accenture has revealed that it will be opening a new innovation center in 2018 which will be located in Midtown, Atlanta. The innovation center is expected to create approximately 800 technology jobs by 2020 and will occupy about 44,000 square feet of space. It is set to be housed at the Centergy building which is located at the Technology Square where the global consulting giant already occupies space measuring 33,000 square feet. In Atlanta Accenture’s employee count is around 2,800 professionals.
The innovation center will enable Accenture to assist its clients in the creation, management, integration and analysis of value-focused solutions at a fast speed. This is all part of an investment of $1.4 billion that Accenture has planned to make in the U.S. in technology and training. Under the plan the global consulting firm will create approximately 15,000 new jobs by 2020 after opening ten innovation hubs. The Atlanta facility is the second one that the company is making under the plan. Accenture opened the first one earlier in the year in Houston, Texas.
In the recent past the city of Atlanta has emerged as an attractive destination for business. Part of the reason for this has been the availability of a talented workforce that is relatively less expensive. And other than having a community of Fortune 500 firms that have a presence in the city, there is also the presence of renowned institutions of higher learning such as Georgia Tech.
Besides Accenture, other Fortune 500 firms which have a presence in Atlanta and which were recently lured to the city include Honeywell International Inc, Anthem Inc, NCR, Sentury Tire, and General Electric Digital. NCR is expected to generate 1,800 jobs while the Sentury Tire factory is expected to create over 1,000 jobs. Anthem, which put up a software center, is expected to create 1,800 jobs while GE Digital will add 250 jobs.
Department of economic development
According to the Governor of Georgia, Nathan Deal, in the twelve months that concluded in June, the department of economic development had assisted in recruiting business relocations and expansions that will result in the creation of over 30,000 new jobs as well investments worth $6.3 billion all over the state.
“I know numbers are sometimes boring. But if you’re in the right spirit these numbers will be as meaningful to you as they are to me and I think to many of the citizens of Georgia,” said Deal.