The Atlanta region has quickly built a reputation as a hub for the tech sector, and that industry is among the leaders for economic growth at the moment, along with biosciences and advanced manufacturing.
Some recent wins for the city include an expansion by health care services company Kaiser Permanente, which is building a new IT center in Atlanta that will create 900 jobs by 2019, as well as Mercedes-Benz USA’s decision to relocate its headquarters to suburban Atlanta. Mercedes will use temporary offices while a new facility is built in Sandy Springs that will house 950 jobs by early 2018.
The recent economic growth has also heightened the need for skilled workers in the Atlanta area. A regional collaborative, Metro Atlanta eXchange for Workforce Solutions (MAX), is trying to address that demand. In a recent poll of workforce development agencies conducted by MAX, 38 percent of respondents cited “lack of skills” as the most critical challenge facing job seekers in metro Atlanta.
The third-largest concentration of Fortune 500 headquarters is in the Atlanta metro area, a 28-county region in northwestern Georgia. Among the high-profile businesses based locally are The Home Depot, UPS and Coca-Cola.
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