Tech giant to bring hundreds of jobs to midtown Atlanta with new hub

ATLANTA — Hundreds of new jobs are heading to midtown Atlanta thanks to a technology giant.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced Wednesday that Cisco is opening a major new hub at Tech Square. Cisco plans on a major increase to its Atlanta office over the next five years.

“This expansion going from 1,000 hard working Georgians already in the state with Cisco to 1,700 is incredible,” Kemp said. “It’s going to be an incredible opportunity for our students or our Georgians in the work force or those coming here for the workforce.”

Cisco will invest up to $41 million in opening its talent and collaboration center in the Coda building in Tech Square.

“I am thrilled to welcome Cisco to the hottest tech neighborhood in America,” Georgia Tech president Angel Cabrera said.

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The new center is expected to open next summer. The company will be hiring in a variety of areas and skillsets, including engineering, customer experience, and finance.

“We want to hire the best talent in the greater Atlanta region. It’s home to several of the nation’s top engineering programs and historically Black colleges and universities,” said Scott Herren, Cisco’s Chief Financial Officer.

The new jobs from Cisco come as several other high profile companies also moving into midtown.

Microsoft continues to grow its new campus. Google is opening a new office nearby and Norfolk Southern is moving its new corporate headquarters in the coming weeks.

Real estate analysts Savills say while office vacancies in Atlanta remain at a 10-year high, the number of new office leases in Atlanta was double the quarter where it was at the beginning of the year.