Marietta has landed the information technology and engineering headquarters of a New York-based employment screening systems company.
The relocation will bring with it 35 jobs with an average salary of about $110,000.
The company, Sterling Infosystems, plans by the end of this month to fill the positions for software application developers, network engineers and software project managers.
Sterling Infosystems is a worldwide provider of criminal background checks, previous employment verification, educational credential verification and drug testing.
“Georgia was the obvious choice for us to relocate our IT and engineering operations because the state is abundant with the talent we need to fill these positions,” said Anthony Maiello, chief information officer for Sterling. “Beyond the technology talent, we are excited to take advantage of Georgia’s deep and rich technology ecosystem …”
Maiello specifically cited the Technology Association of Georgia, an umbrella organization with more than 15,000 members that seeks to promote the state’s technology-based economy.
Tino Mantella, president and CEO of TAG, called the move “significant because it points to an increasingly positive perception by companies outside of the state that Georgia offers the strong technology talent they need.”
He said, “The nation is facing a technology talent crunch. Many tech fields are experiencing a three-percent or lower unemployment rate even while the overall national unemployment rate hovers around eight-percent. So moving tech jobs here means companies recognize the kind of talent our universities, such as Georgia Tech, Georgia State and UGA, are producing. It keeps more of our engineers and tech talent employed in the state with high-paying jobs, and bolsters the growth of our knowledge-based economy.”
Mantella said Atlanta has ” growing clusters of businesses focused on information security, health IT, logistics, communication services, financial technology, data centers and interactive marketing.” Industry clusters, he said, “are attractive to businesses because they typically drive innovation, lead to larger opportunities for collaboration and generate a deep well of skilled employees.”