Manufacturing jobs in Atlanta created

October 30th, 2017

With the opening of a new facility, many new manufacturing jobs in Atlanta have been created.

Nestlé Purina PetCare Co. will create as many as 240 new jobs and invest $320 million in a manufacturing facility and distribution center in Hartwell.“Our business-friendly climate, highly skilled workforce and unmatched logistics infrastructure continue to attract industry-leading manufacturers like Purina to Georgia,” said Deal. “With this new facility, Purina will build upon Georgia’s strategic resources while yielding economic benefits for the Hart County community. We appreciate Purina’s significant investment and look forward to the company’s success here.”

Purina, a global leader in pet care, currently employs more than 8,000 individuals in the U.S. Leading Purina brands include Purina ONE, Dog Chow, Friskies, Tidy Cats and Pro Plan.

“The Hartwell site will be an excellent location for Purina’s first new U.S. factory in 20 years,” said John Bear, vice president of manufacturing, Nestlé Purina. “We’re very excited and look forward to closing on the property and bringing more quality jobs to the state of Georgia, as well as expanding Purina capacity and distribution in the Southeast.”

Purina plans to create as many as 240 jobs over the next five years at the new location. The company will invest $320 million at the site by the end of 2023 and expects to close on the property later this year, contingent on completion of due diligence and satisfaction of closing conditions. Distribution center operations are expected to begin in 2018, with production to follow in 2019.

“The Hart County Board of Commissioners is pleased that Nestlé Purina PetCare has chosen our community to expand their manufacturing operations,” said Joey Dorsey, chairman of the Hart County Board of Commissioners. “We see the company’s decision in selecting Hart County as reinforcement of our long-term vision and actions in supporting industry, agriculture, tourism, and the community’s continuing emphasis on workforce development.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Senior Project Manager Joshua Stephens represented the Global Commerce division throughout the project in collaboration with the Hart County Industrial Development Authority and Georgia Power.

Grant to support art program jobs in Atlanta

October 30th, 2017

The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) announced the recipients of the Vibrant Communities grant, which will bolster art program jobs in Atlanta and other counties.

Eighty-four entities in 64 counties received $300,000 in funding.“The Vibrant Communities grant supports incredible art programs that are happening in communities across Georgia,” said GCA executive director Karen Paty. “This grant program is one of many ways that GCA works to support the meaningful work of artists and arts organizations throughout our state because a thriving arts community creates vitality, improves education and contributes in significant ways to local economic and community development.”

GCA received 123 applications requesting more than $467,000. Applicants included libraries, schools, arts centers, cities, historical societies, community theatres, Boys & Girls Clubs, etc.

The Vibrant Communities Grant is available to organizations in counties that did not receive a FY18 Project, Partner or Arts Education grant.

Georgia Council for the Arts uses Peer Review Panels to adjudicate applications following National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) precedent.

Peer Review Panels include fellow professionals who are experienced in the arts discipline or type of grant being reviewed; or are Georgia citizens with a record of arts activities, experience, and knowledge.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state’s sales and marketing arm, the lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and small businesses, align workforce education and training with in-demand jobs, locating new markets for Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia, and promoting the state as a destination for arts and location for film, music and digital en

Initiative celebrates jobs in Atlanta

October 30th, 2017

The executive Director of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) and the WEI Advisory Board are celebrating the inaugural graduating class of 15 women entrepreneurs and the resulting creation of jobs in Atlanta.

As the only city-funded initiative of its kind in the nation, WEI is a 15-month business incubator program that fosters growth and sustainability through business education, financial literacy, access to mentors and consultants, and peer-to-peer networking.

“I congratulate the 15 women entrepreneurs who participated in WEI’s inaugural year,” said Mayor Reed. “Their achievements over the past 15 months show what can happen when government and the private sector join together to provide access to resources, technology and hands-on mentorship. These women had the courage to lay their futures on the line and chase their dreams; their ambition inspires us all.”

The vision for WEI was sparked by Mayor Reed during his first mayoral campaign. Launched in 2014, and guided by a seven-member advisory board, WEI aims to align entrepreneurial opportunities for women in Atlanta with the City’s mission of elevating and strengthening its economic development efforts. Atlanta was recently ranked 18th out of 50 best global cities for women entrepreneurs in Dell’s 2017 Women Entrepreneur Index.

“WEI’s first 15-member graduating class shows that women entrepreneurs are fearless, pioneering and worth championing,” said Theia Smith, Executive Director of WEI. “Their passion and accomplishments will serve as a great example of what can be achieved by the next class of WEI entrepreneurs.”

Over the course of the 15-month business incubator, nine of the 15 entrepreneurs have hired additional employees; six entrepreneurs have collaborated with fellow WEI classmates to create additional business opportunities; one entrepreneur has grown her 2017 revenues beyond $1.1 million; and, to date, the revenue gain of the first class of WEI entrepreneurs’ businesses stands at more than $480K.

Company to create software jobs in Atlanta

September 27th, 2017

One company is expanding and creating more software jobs in Atlanta.

OneTrust, a global privacy management software company, will create 500 jobs and invest $5 million in a Fulton County facility expansion. New jobs at the facility will include positions in sales, consulting, marketing and software engineering.

“Georgia’s status as a top technology hub continues to attract and retain innovative industry leaders like OneTrust,” said Deal. “With years of experience in Georgia’s business community, OneTrust’s leadership recognizes the advantages of operating and expanding in our competitive economic environment. By reinvesting in Georgia’s strategic resources and our deep talent pool, OneTrust will grow its access to the global market and reach its customer base more efficiently. This announcement is a testament to the strength of our technology infrastructure and will further strengthen Georgia’s reputation among technology companies in the global marketplace.”

Backed by the founders of Atlanta-based Manhattan Associates and AirWatch, OneTrust is co-headquartered in Atlanta and London. The company is comprised of a global team of privacy and technology experts and currently employs more than 200 individuals worldwide.

“OneTrust plays a critical role in helping global organizations comply with international privacy regulations, and Atlanta serves as the best city for our business with its easy access to global markets,” said Alan Dabbiere, co-chairman of OneTrust. “Having previously built two successful technology companies in this city, I believe Atlanta has the top technology talent pool for building a leading, successful software company to serve our global customer base.”

OneTrust is used by more than 1,500 organizations globally to comply with data privacy regulations across sectors and jurisdictions, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the renowned and transformative new governance coming out of the European Union.

Startup jobs in Atlanta spotlighted

September 27th, 2017

The Mayor’s Office of International Affairs and Invest Atlanta, along with international partners including the U.K. Department for International Trade, Sage and Metropole Toulouse, have selected the final ten companies for the 2017 Atlanta International Startup Exchange, which spotlights startup jobs in Atlanta.

The Startup Exchange is a one-week international residency which will provide four Atlanta-based companies a platform for global expansion in either Toulouse, France or the United Kingdom. Two Toulouse-based and four United Kingdom-based companies will travel to Atlanta on this occasion.

“The International Startup Exchange provides the selected Atlanta companies a unique opportunity and resources needed to grow their business and ultimately create jobs here in Atlanta,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “I congratulate the Atlanta-based companies that will participate and share innovative ideas in this year’s Exchange.  We also look forward to welcoming the French and British companies to Atlanta where they will find a city with a robust and growing startup community.”

Atlanta-based companies Qoins, a FinTech startup that encourages savings for millennials, and Babylogger, a software and hardware company that helps catalogue baby activities, will travel to the U.K. the week of November 14, 2017 during Venturefest North East. In addition, Vayando, a social impact travel organization and Volantio, an airline booking tool for improving flight utilization, will visit Toulouse the week of October 1, 2017 during the EmTech Conference.

“The startup exchange program between Atlanta and Toulouse has been a great opportunity, not only for the selected startups, but also for our entire innovation ecosystem that works together towards the same goal,” said Stéphane Béquet, Director of the International Relations Dpt, Toulouse Métropole. “It enables our ecosystem to get together in order to help our companies find new growth levers abroad.”

Toulouse companies Nanomade and Nanolike, which provide IoT solutions applicable to smart cities initiatives, will travel to Atlanta during VentureAtlanta, which will take place October 8-14, 2017. They will be joined by Newcastle-based companies Drone Ops and Recite Me, which respectively provide commercial drone capabilities and web access solutions for the disabled.

Initiative boots jobs for women in Atlanta

September 27th, 2017

A new initiative is spotlighting jobs for entrepreneurial women in Atlanta.

The city recently celebrated the inaugural graduating class of 15 women entrepreneurs from the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI). As the only city-funded initiative of its kind in the nation, WEI is a 15-month business incubator program that fosters growth and sustainability through business education, financial literacy, access to mentors and consultants, and peer-to-peer networking.

“I congratulate the 15 women entrepreneurs who participated in WEI’s inaugural year,” said Mayor Reed. “Their achievements over the past 15 months show what can happen when government and the private sector join together to provide access to resources, technology and hands-on mentorship. These women had the courage to lay their futures on the line and chase their dreams; their ambition inspires us all.”

The vision for WEI was sparked by Mayor Reed during his first mayoral campaign. Launched in 2014, and guided by a seven-member advisory board, WEI aims to align entrepreneurial opportunities for women in Atlanta with the City’s mission of elevating and strengthening its economic development efforts. Atlanta was recently ranked 18th out of 50 best global cities for women entrepreneurs in Dell’s 2017 Women Entrepreneur Index.

“WEI’s first 15-member graduating class shows that women entrepreneurs are fearless, pioneering and worth championing,” said Theia Smith, Executive Director of WEI. “Their passion and accomplishments will serve as a great example of what can be achieved by the next class of WEI entrepreneurs.”

Over the course of the 15-month business incubator, nine of the 15 entrepreneurs have hired additional employees; six entrepreneurs have collaborated with fellow WEI classmates to create additional business opportunities; one entrepreneur has grown her 2017 revenues beyond $1.1 million; and, to date, the revenue gain of the first class of WEI entrepreneurs’ businesses stands at more than $480K.

During the graduation ceremony, the City of Atlanta announced that Flatiron City, which has partnered with the City since WEI’s inception, will extend office space leases to two graduating WEI entrepreneurs free of charge; WeWork, a national shared office space company located in Buckhead, will also provide free office space for three months to all of the WEI graduates; Jump Fund, a Tennessee-based venture capital firm, will come to Atlanta to invest in the businesses of the WEI women entrepreneurs; and WEI will now be a part of the Invest Atlanta team which will ensure the legacy of support for the WEI business incubator program.

Summit spotlights Atlanta jobs

September 7th, 2017

An international summit is spotlighting Atlanta jobs and global opportunities.

The Mayor’s Office of International Affairs (MOIA), in partnership with the Brookings Institution, is hosting the inaugural Atlanta International Economic Development Summit, a three-day summit on economic development best practices with partnering cities across the globe.

The summit which is being held September 6 – 8, 2017, will bring together an intimate group of 50 thought leaders and economic development professionals from Atlanta’s sister and partnering cities to discuss the importance of city-to-city cooperation and how it can be leveraged to create economic development opportunities.

Representatives from participating cities including Cape Town, South Africa, London, UK, Montego Bay, Jamaica, Paris, France and Ra’anana, Israel will participate in the summit. At the end of the three-day event, MOIA will launch an online platform which will enable this global network of cities to exchange contacts, trade and investment leads, industry needs, upcoming trade events and more.

“I am pleased to host this summit and leaders from cities around the world, who will share their ideas for how this network can be leveraged for economic opportunity and prosperity,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “This diverse network of international cities offers an invaluable resource for global cooperation and collaboration, and I look forward to the ideas and partnerships that will emerge from this summit. I offer my thanks to our partners who have made this summit possible.”

The summit kicks off with a welcoming reception at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and continues with a day of roundtable discussions at the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Confirmed speakers during the three-day summit include Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, President and CEO of Sister Cities International Mary Kane, President and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber Hala Moddelmog, Dentons Principal and incoming President and CEO of the Atlanta BeltLine Brian McGowan, Brookings Institution Fellow Marek Gootman and high-level economic development professionals from participating cities.

 

Exchange to connect job seekers with Atlanta defense jobs

August 30th, 2017

A new exchange will endeavor to connect job seekers with Atlanta defense jobs.

The Georgia Defense Exchange (GDX), an interactive business development platform designed to assist Georgia businesses in finding new opportunities in Department of Defense (DOD) contracting.

“From the Bell Bomber Plant during WWII to the NSA and U.S. Army Cyber Command in Augusta today, Georgia enterprises enjoy a storied history of fulfilling contracts for national defense,” said Deal. “Last year alone, defense contracts executed in Georgia were valued at $6.4 billion. These contracts provide significant opportunities for Georgia businesses and drive new development in local communities across the state. The GDX platform will allow us to equip companies with the tools they need to be competitive in acquiring DOD contracts while ensuring that this long-standing tradition continues in Georgia.”

GDX offers Georgia’s defense contracting community a one-stop data research and collaboration platform. The platform was designed to support and engage businesses across a wide variety of industry sectors with its rich data visualizations, interactive dashboards, real-time DOD data and business-to-business communication tools. GDX will open new opportunities for both traditionally defense-related businesses and service-oriented companies with no experience in defense contracting.

Lockheed Martin, Meggitt, General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman account for some of the largest defense contracts in Georgia. Additionally, more than $3 billion of Georgia’s defense contracts are related to services for facility maintenance, science and engineering, equipment and construction.

“We pride ourselves on maintaining the best business environment in the nation, and providing top-notch resources for our citizens,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Commissioner Pat Wilson. “GDX levels the playing field, giving small businesses in Georgia the chance to know about and respond to the many defense contracting opportunities that are available.

I am confident that all Georgia companies will benefit tremendously from GDX, and that our state will increase its competitive advantage in this sector.”

Company creates manufacturing jobs in Atlanta

August 30th, 2017

One company is expanding and creating manufacturing jobs in Atlanta.

Meggitt Polymers & Composites, a manufacturer of environmental components, will create an additional 211 jobs and invest $30 million to expand its facility in Rockmart.

“Georgia values Meggitt’s steadfast commitment to creating jobs and investing in Polk County,” said Deal. “Meggitt already enjoys a significant presence in Polk County with 1,000 employees and understands the benefits of operating in the top state for business. Meggitt’s decision to expand its workforce is a reflection of Georgia’s ability to retain dynamic manufacturing companies with our business-friendly environment and highly skilled workforce. We are looking forward to growing our relationship with Meggitt and seeing the company continue to succeed here in Georgia.”

Meggitt currently employs 1,000 individuals in Rockmart. Newly created jobs include positions in production, supervision, management, engineering, inspection and technical roles.

“As Meggitt Polymers & Composites continues to grow globally, we will also continue to expand here in Rockmart, Georgia,” said David Horner, president of Meggitt Polymers & Composites. “I would like to thank Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDECD) for all their hard work and collaboration. The state of Georgia is the perfect environment for us to accelerate our business growth and create more jobs in the near future.”

Meggitt specifically designs and manufactures military and commercial aircraft fuel tanks, fuel systems and advanced composite structures, including radomes for in-flight satellite communications.

“On behalf of the Mayor, City Council, city staff and the citizens of Rockmart and Polk County, we are excited to hear that Meggitt Composites & Polymers will be once again expanding their operations here in Rockmart,” said Rockmart City Manager Jeff Ellis. “We are thankful for their continued support and trust in our community over the years and we extend our welcome once again and for many years into the future. Together we will continue to grow and prosper. We thank them for believing in us as much as we do them.”

Startup exchange program puts spotlight on Atlanta jobs

August 1st, 2017

The Mayor’s Office of International Affairs and Invest Atlanta have launched the 2017 Atlanta International Startup Exchange Program—a one-week international residency which will provide eight selected companies a platform for global expansion in either Toulouse, France or the United Kingdom, and will boost Atlanta jobs.

“We are happy to launch this year’s International Startup Exchange Program in partnership with the City of Toulouse, the U.K. Department for International Trade, Invest Newcastle and Sage. Our office works to provide Atlanta companies with unique opportunities and resources to increase their global presence and achieve substantial growth,” said Claire Angelle, Director of the Mayor’s Office of International Affairs. “The International Trade Administration reports that companies which export grow faster, pay higher wages and are more resilient than companies relying solely on the domestic market. We invite entrepreneurs throughout the region to apply for this exciting program.”

As part of the program, Atlanta will also welcome four startups from Toulouse and the U.K. to participate in Atlanta Cyber Week scheduled for October 1- 7 or Venture Atlanta Week slated for October 8-14.

“We look forward to building off the success of last year’s startup exchange by further strengthening the bonds between the Atlanta startup community with those in our sister cities of Toulouse and Newcastle,” said Kevin Johnson, Senior Vice President of Economic Development for Invest Atlanta, the City’s economic development agency. “Atlanta has become a top-ranked tech capital, thanks to our talent base, a growing cluster of 20 innovation centers and programs like this one that connect talented entrepreneurs from around the world.”

Toulouse and Newcastle were selected for sharing growing industries and strong, existing relationships with Atlanta. Over the course of the one-week residency, the selected startups will connect with local startup ecosystems, gain access to international conferences and engage with investors, business leaders and potential clients in the aerospace, smart cities and cybersecurity industries. Selected startups will also receive roundtrip airfare, accommodations, dedicated co-working space and ground transportation for one representative.