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Tech firm to expand headquarters, creating jobs

ATLANTA (AP) -- A technology firm will expand its headquarters in Atlanta, and is set to create 800 jobs over the next two years.

Gov. Nathan Deal's office announced the expansion in a statement on Friday. Deal said the company, AirWatch, also plans to invest more than $4 million in new equipment. AirWatch produces and maintains corporate mobile applications.

AirWatch was founded in 2003 by owners John Marshall and Alan Dabbiere. The company employs about 1,000 people worldwide with 650 in Georgia.

Dabbiere says AirWatch is looking to hire software developers and data analysts.

"This is a huge opportunity and we're so proud to do it in Georgia," Dabbiere said.

AirWatch was given about $7 million in job creation tax credits from the state, and the company's growth adds to Atlanta's flourishing mobile application development industry, which employs about 24,000 people.

"This expansion clearly defines the state's and city's leadership in innovative mobile technology and its applications," said Chris Cummiskey, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

Hiring for the new workers has already begun, Deal said, and the company's expansion is scheduled to be completed in 2015.


Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com