New GM Technology Center to Employ 500 IT Workers

By Camelia Bulea, Associate Editor General Motors has announced plans to open a technology center in Northwest Austin, which is expected to hire about 500 IT workers. The company is recruiting software developers, project managers, database experts, business analysts and other information technology professionals. In an official statement, GM justified choosing the location, hailing it [...]

General Motors has announced plans to open a technology center in Northwest Austin, which is expected to hire about 500 IT workers. The company is recruiting software developers, project managers, database experts, business analysts and other information technology professionals.

In an official statement, GM justified choosing the location, hailing it as the perfect supplier of IT specialists. According to the May 2011 Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Report, Austin has about 46,000 IT workers.

The center would be the first of four technology centers GM plans to open nationally, the locations of which the company would announce later, Chief Information Officer Randy Mott said. As for its Texas operations, the giant automaker has more than 4,500 employees in Texas, including about 1,800 at GM Financial locations. Approximately 2,500 people build Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac SUVs in Arlington.

The Austin-American Statesman reports that the company had leased a building at an undisclosed address in Northwest Austin and had already hired a handful of people to work there. Additionally, it expects to move quickly with the recruiting process, both from other companies as well as in about a dozen colleges and universities with computer science programs, most of which are located in Texas.

In other news, Cedar Park officials approved a deal with Costco in order to attract the big retailer to the North Austin suburb. The city gave Costco a break on sales and property taxes for several years to close the deal, according to Community Impact Newspapers.

The publication adds that the new 153,700-square-foot store will occupy 16 acres in the Cedar Park Town Center and accumulate approximately $18 million in value. In addition, 200,000 square feet—or $20 million worth—of retail, restaurant and office space is being planned in the area, bringing the total project to more than 350,000 square feet and $38 million in commercial value.

Photo rendering of General Motors Call Center (MetCenter Building 9), courtesy of Raymond Construction Inc.

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