Arizona is popular with General Motors engineers because the weather and terrain are good for developing future vehicles. Now GM has another reason to be in AZ: the grand-opening of its new in Information Technology Innovation Center in Chandler. The center joins three other innovation centers in Warren, MI, Austin, TX, and Roswell, GA.
The new 170,000 square-foot facility will enable GM to in-source the automaker’s innovation capabilities as well as tap into a pool of IT talent as part of a company-wide transformation to improve performance, reduce the cost of ongoing operations, and increase its delivery of innovation.
Senior vice president of Global Information Technology & chief information officer, Randy Mott, says, “We have made significant progress transforming GM IT over the past 20 months. The success of the Chandler Innovation Center is yet another important proof point that illustrates our progress.”
Over the next five years GM expects to hire 1,000 employees at the Chandler Innovation Center, adding to the approximately 500 that are currently working at the facility.
“The official opening of the IT Innovation in Chandler and the creation of about 1,000 high-paying, skilled jobs is great news for the local economy,” said Arizona Governor Jan Brewer earlier this morning. “Today’s event speaks volumes about the business-friendly environment we have created in Arizona, including our high-tech talent and competitive cost of operating. I could not be prouder of our state and what this announcement means for the future of Arizona’s economy.”
Added Chandler mayor Jay Tibshraeny, “GM is exactly the type of technology employer we need in Chandler and in our state. The GM Innovation Center is a perfect complement to Chandler’s Price Corridor, and furthers the city’s reputation as a regional hub for innovators and world-class IT professionals.”