Alpharetta is becoming a key hub for high-tech firms, AJC reporter Pat Fox writes.
When Bob Trotter toured Alpharetta as a possible site for his company’s IT operation, he was struck by the miles of underground fiber-optic cable and a world-class broadband network, Fox reports.
But what really blew him away was what was above ground.
“If it was just technology, we’d have located to Chicago or Dallas,” Trotter, North American president of ThyssenKrupp Corp., told Fox.
But what distinguishes Alpharetta from other tech-wired cities, Trotter said, is its proximity to all the elements that contribute to an inviting lifestyle — good schools, good roads, access to university systems, quality housing, the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Fox writes.
ThyssenKrupp, a German-based industrial conglomerate, invested a year researching 138 cities for its North American IT Shared Services operation. Its selection of Alpharetta in January will bring $30 million and 110