European tech support company Voxpro has decided on the location for its newest support center and its introduction to the southeastern United States: Athens, Georgia.
According to the Red and Black, the Irish company is putting up $4 million to build a brand new office in the downtown area that will require more than 500 new employees to operate.
The office will serve as not only a call center but also as a base location for online tech support, which Voxpro offers for clients ranging from small businesses to big time players such as Google.
The official announcement of the company’s decision came August 3 via a press release from the government of Athens-Clarke County.
Athens-Clarke County economic development coordinator Ryan Moore says that the plans for Voxpro’s new location are designed to enable the building to blend in with the scenery of downtown Athens. The design will specifically draw from the Classic City’s musical roots.
The decision to bring their newest support center to Athens came after Voxpro executives had a long meeting with Gov. Nathan Deal, who took them around the state, showcasing Georgia’s business environment.
Of all the cities it visited, Voxpro was especially impressed with Athens, not only for its business potential but for its cultural atmosphere as well.
"When [Voxpro] stacked Athens up against other cities in the southeast, they found that it fit their culture better than anywhere else in the state," Moore said. "They need a very specific workforce and work atmosphere to do that and they thought they could find that in Athens.”
Voxpro is set to become one of the largest private employers in all of Athens-Clarke County when it opens its doors.
Chris Carr, the commissioner for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, believes that the new Voxpro location will not only benefit the local economy but will also provide opportunities to hundreds of college students in the area in the forms of jobs and internships.
"They will be able to tap into a talent pool from the local university and technical college systems that will fuel their innovative approach to business,” Carr said.
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