General Motors together with Gov. Jan Brewer, Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), announced today GM has selected Chandler as the site of its fourth Information Technology Innovation Center.
These IT Innovation Centers enable GM to in-source the company’s innovation capabilities, strengthening its global competitiveness.
With the announcement, GM expects to invest $21M in the new Chandler facility and hire 1,000 high-wage employees over the next five years.
“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,” Gov. Brewer said.
“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.”
With today’s GM announcement, Chandler joins previously disclosed locations for Innovation Centers in Warren, Mich.; Austin, Texas; and Roswell, Ga.
“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,” GM Chief Information Officer Randy Mott said.
“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.”
GM’s IT Innovation Centers are part of a companywide transformation to improve performance, reduce the cost of on-going operations and increase its delivery of innovation.
“This is exactly the type of technology employer we need in Chandler and in our state,” Chandler Mayor Tibshraeny said. “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.”
GM will begin recruiting and hiring software developers, database administrators and system analysts immediately. The new Innovation Center is expected to be operational by 1Q 2014.
“We are thrilled with GM’s selection of Arizona and its significant increased investment in our community. The company’s long-term commitment grows and strengthens our economy in the form of quality jobs, high wages and capital investment, building on the technology and economic base in our state,” said Sandra Watson, president and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority. “It has been wonderful working with GM’s team throughout this process, and we look forward to a continued successful partnership for many years to come.”
“General Motors could not have found a better innovation partner than the City of Chandler, which has worked hard to earn its well-deserved status as one of the western U.S.’s top technology cities,” said GPEC President and CEO Barry Broome. “GM’s investment is testament to our skilled workforce and quality lifestyle, as well as competitive and uncomplicated business landscape. Indeed, today’s announcement is a win for the entire region, and we look forward to developing a lasting partnership with General Motors.”