It was the “inviting lifestyle” that attracted German-based ThyssenKrupp Corp. to Alpharetta. Trotter, North American president of ThyssenKrupp said that “If it was just technology, we’d have located to Chicago or Dallas.” Alpharetta’s school system, housing, roadways, university systems, and entertainment spurred the company to invest in Alpharetta. ThyssenKrupp spent a year researching markets in North America to house its IT Shared Services operation. The decision to expand in Alpharetta will invest $30 million and 110 employees into the city.
ThyssenKrupp is not the only high-tech company that calls Alpharetta home. Of Atlanta’s top 25 technology employers, seven are located in Alpharetta. Just in this year, tech companies have committed to spend $125 million in expansions or move locations to Alpharetta, offering nearly 300 new jobs. During the recession, the city maintained a top presence by offering economic incentives to employers.
Joe Chandler, executive director of AT&T Strategic Communications said that Alpharetta “offered ample space to develop an office campus, a good employee talent pool, and close proximity to major highways, retail and other conveniences.” AT&T moved to Alpharetta 20 years ago and employees have enjoyed the conveniences of entertainment, shopping, and dining venues.
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