Atlanta Sees Tech Leading Economic Recovery

    Accounting firm Ernst & Young plans to set up a global IT hub in the Atlanta area, creating 400 jobs in the Atlanta area over the next four years.

    The $8.5 million project is to be located in Alpharetta, about 25 miles north of Atlanta. The staff will be workers relocated to the site and new hires, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

    The company will be hiring project managers, business analysts, software architects and developers and more.

    Rajeev Dhawan, director of the school’s Economic Forecasting Center, said during Georgia State University’s quarterly forecasting conference this week, Atlanta’s economy “is waiting to break out, but it faces strong head winds,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    Tech has been a bright spot, though. In January, General Motors announced it will locate its third innovation center in the northern suburb of Roswell. It announced it will hire 1,000 tech pros there. And mobile device management vendor AirWatch plans to double in size, adding around 800 positions.

    “The tech industry has not been hit as hard as some other metro Atlanta industries, and it’s certainly leading the economic recovery in Georgia,” Melanie Brandt, chief operating officer for the Technology Association of Georgia, told the Business Chronicle.

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