Anthem, Inc., one of the nation’s largest health benefits companies, will establish an Information Technology hub in Atlanta – creating more than 1,800 IT-related jobs over the next six years. The company’s Atlanta IT hub includes an initial investment of $20 million.
Anthem’s new IT hub will be located at the Bank of America Plaza in midtown Atlanta, which will allow for closer collaboration with the Anthem Innovation Studio recently opened in Atlanta’s Tech Square. The company’s decision to establish a collective IT workforce environment in Atlanta will further its focus on expanding consumer access to high quality, affordable health care through its next-generation IT strategy of modernization, digitization and innovation.
“For more than 75 years, Anthem companies have invested in the Georgia workforce. Atlanta has become known as an innovation hotbed, with research facilities, incubators and start-ups in a highly concentrated area,” said Tom Miller, senior vice president and chief information officer at Anthem, Inc. “We’re looking forward to opportunities for partnerships that help transform health care and support exceptional consumer experiences. Additionally, this allows us to tap into the IT talent pipeline in this state.”
“As Georgia continues to grow its reputation as the nation’s top destination for the health IT industry, major companies like Anthem continue to strategically position themselves here,” said Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. “Georgia’s qualified workforce and the collaborative partnerships on both state and local levels will allow Anthem to improve customer outreach while maintaining its competitive edge on a national scale. We value Anthem’s investment in Georgia and look forward to the company’s plans for renewed growth and significant expansion.”
So far this year, three Fortune 500 companies have established IT and innovation centers in Atlanta.
“Atlanta’s continued attraction of significant information technology centers is a testament to our city’s strong knowledge-based economy, which is fueled by an educated and skilled workforce that has driven steady job growth for many years,” said Dr. Eloisa Klementich, president and CEO, Invest Atlanta. “In addition to a strong base of talent, Atlanta offers companies and their employees a high quality of life and low cost of living that surpasses other major metropolitan areas.”
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