Blue Cross and Blue Shield of GA announces the addition of 200 new jobs

Published: Apr. 11, 2013 at 8:51 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 12, 2013 at 8:51 AM EDT
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGa) announced Thursday the addition of 200 plus new jobs to be located at its facility in Columbus as part of a comprehensive effort to support its customers as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is implemented.

"This is an exciting day for our company and for the city of Columbus," said Morgan Kendrick, President OF Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia.  "These are important jobs with solid benefits and the new positions will be specifically focused on helping our customers better navigate the changes that are coming under the ACA."

As one of state's major employers, BCBSGa currently employs nearly 3,000 associates in eight locations across Georgia. Kendrick added that the new positions will be housed at the company's facility on Warm Springs Road and will include both entry level and managerial positions in the areas of customer service, claims, training and other operational functions.  With the addition of the new jobs, BCBSGa will have more than 1,400 associates in Columbus.

"We're very excited to see these jobs coming to our city," said Teresa Tomlinson, Mayor of the City of Columbus.  "It will provide a real boost to our local economy and we're looking forward to partnering closely with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia in this effort."

According to Kendrick, the new jobs are being filled in phases with all hiring expected to be concluded by late summer.

"As a local Georgia corporate citizen for more than 75 years, we're proud of our long legacy as a major employer.  Today's announcement truly represents a 'win-win'. We would like to thank our partners with the City of Columbus, The Development Authority of Columbus, The Georgia Department of Labor, The Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and the Georgia Department of Economic Development for continued support of our growth in the State. Through this supportive partnership, we are able to provide these key jobs to help better service our customers."

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia also announced that it will be holding a job fair on Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The event is presented in partnership with the Georgia Department of Labor and will be held at their Columbus, GA location at 700 Veterans Parkway.  Applicants will need to bring an updated resume. For more details on the fair, please contact the GDOL Columbus Career Center at 706-649-7423.  Applicants unable to attend the event may make online application beginning April 20 at the Georgia Department of Labor website.

BCBSGa celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2012, and as the state's largest and longest-standing insurer, serves more than 2.4 million members, offering a variety of healthcare plans, including medical, dental, life and specialty programs.

Jacki Lowe, Chair of the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce

"The mission of the Chamber is to be the Region's leader in economic and community development. Job creation and new capital investment are both very important to our Chamber's focus. Our Chamber's Economic Development Team works hard to take care of existing business and recruit new business as well.  We have some great volunteers and a great working relationship with our partners like the Columbus Development Authority and the Valley Partnership Board.  Billy Blanchard led our Chamber's volunteer efforts for some time. Since he is now on the Chamber's Executive Committee and still on the Development Authority, we were able to make a smooth transition and now have Russ Carreker, a Chamber Past Chair serving as the Chamber's lead volunteer for economic development. I am amazed at the work that goes on between our public and private partnerships.  As I travel around the Region and in the State, I can tell you that our team efforts are the envy of most."

Dick Ellis, Chair of the Development Authority of Columbus

"On behalf of Development Authority of Columbus, it is my pleasure to serve as its Chair. We have a great group of volunteers who give tremendous amount of time, energy and leadership to help the Development Authority reach its mission. We are proud to partner with the Chamber's Economic Development Team to do our part in helping to create an environment where jobs can grow. It is great to see our team work pay off with the announcements of these quality jobs."

Mike Gaymon, President and CEO of the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce

"Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia expansion is good news for the Region's economy. Two-hundred new jobs are important for our region. These new employees will live, work, play and purchase spreading the impact of this announcement throughout the Region."

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