COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Governor Nathan Deal announced that a company coming to Columbus is expected to create 600 jobs.
Global Callcenter Solutions (GCS), a call center consulting company, will create 600 jobs and invest $4.9 million in Muscogee County.
New jobs will include positions in customer service and operations.
"Everyone needs a good paying job. This will definitely help," said Columbus resident Michael McCaskill.
McCaskill says he's lived in the area of Buena Vista Road for a while and remembers shopping at the former Winn-Dixie on Hunt Avenue. That's before it closed down earlier this year. The Development Authority says that's where the new location for GCS will be.
"They want to try to get to 600 employees as soon as possible. They have three or five years to do that. But, they have the business and if they can scale quickly, I don't see how they can't get to 600 employees within the next 24 months," said Brian Sillitto, executive vice president of Economic development.
"Georgia is a global hub for communications services thanks to our technology infrastructure and skilled workforce," said Deal. "As the number one state for business, Georgia's economic environment will provide a solid foundation for GCS to serve its growing customer base. We appreciate GCS' investment in Columbus and look forward to further strengthening this partnership in the years to come."
The Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce also made this announcement Wednesday morning.
"We are extremely excited to welcome GCS to Columbus," said Russ Carreker, chairman of the Development Authority of Columbus. "GCS will provide hundreds of jobs for our citizens and repurpose a former retail center that can spur future development in the area. Our partners at the Greater Columbus Chamber, specifically Brian Sillitto, did a wonderful job selling all Columbus has to offer and I thank him for his efforts."
Randall Toussaint, project manager at the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with Georgia Power, the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce, and the Development Authority of Columbus.
"I think these are the types of jobs we need more of. We also need jobs in manufacturing and jobs in other back-office fields like financial services, that kind of thing. Cybersecurity, robotics, film, It's all part of this ecosystem of economic development," said Sillitto.
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