Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Technology Association of Georgia sign agreement to promote technology industry in Georgia

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) June 16, 2015— Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), indicate consistent technology industry wins and job growth in Gwinnett County, leading to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today at the second quarter Partnership Gwinnett Technology Forum.

The signing of the MOU between Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and TAG, Georgia’s leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry, serves as formal commitment by both organizations to actively and collaboratively support and attract technology companies to Gwinnett.

Within the past 24 months, the community has witnessed the expansion, relocation and hiring announcements of several technology companies. According to the Georgia Department of Labor, Gwinnett County employs more than 23,000 people in technology-related positions.

“The technology industry is crucial to the success of Gwinnett County’s vibrant business community, stated Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “Gwinnett offers the infrastructure, skilled workforce and collaborative environment technology companies attract business to our community.”

In April, Honeywell opened its industrial cyber security lab in Gwinnett to advance its development and testing of new technologies to defend industrial operations from cyber attacks. Early this year, the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and residential phone provider, Comcast, announced plans to open an 88,000 square-foot facility for its regional headquarters, adding 150 new jobs and relocating the company’s existing 532 full-time local employees.

In 2014, financial technology firm NCR leased additional office space in its Duluth office to accommodate job growth. Video technology company Clearleap, expanded its footprint with a 50,000 square-foot lease in Duluth, adding new positions. Other Gwinnett technology companies continue to hire and prosper, including Cisco Systems, CareerBuilder and Sage Software.

Gwinnett County is also seeing growth in digital media and entertainment. Last year, digital media agency, Luckie & Company expanded to Gwinnett, doubling its space to 10,000 square-feet. Most recently, Eagle Rock Studios Atlanta, the largest television studio under one roof in the U.S., opened four 30,000 square-foot sound stages, representing a capital investment of $15 million and giving Gwinnett solid standing as a leader in the digital entertainment industry. Atlanta Media Campus & Studios, a 5 million-square-foot Gwinnett filming complex, the largest of its kind in the Southeast, will further contribute to the growing technology landscape in the community.

“Technology companies choose Gwinnett to grow and expand not only because of our location and easy access to numerous assets and resources within the Gwinnett and North metro region, but also because of the rich technology ecosystem that exists in this community,” stated Andrew Carnes, Director of Economic Development for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. “Our area boasts an extensive fiber optic infrastructure, competitive power rates, highly skilled talent and business development support, which allows us to cultivate a thriving business environment and build a successful and competitive innovation economy in our community.”

“TAG and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development bring together an extraordinary complimentary set of experience and skills from two world-class organizations,” said Tino Mantella, CEO and President of Technology Association of Georgia (TAG). “We look forward to engaging the community and strengthening our efforts to promote the technology industry in our region.”

Mantella was the featured speaker at today’s Forum, offering an inside look at the 2015 TAG State of the Industry Report. He spoke on advancing Georgia’s innovation economy, the innovation index, comparing the state’s performance in human capital, economic dynamics and productivity and annual key findings, including TAG’s annual Technology Decision Makers Survey, polling more than 300 of Georgia’s technology executives on how innovation is affecting our technology community.

For more information on the TAG State of the Industry Report, visit www.tagstateoftheindustry.com.

For more information on the Partnership Gwinnett Technology Forum, please visit http://gwinnetttechnologyforum.com/.

For more information, or to learn how to get involved in local economic development efforts, please visit www.gwinnetteconomicdevelopment.com.