ATLANTA – The multinational technology company Cisco will expand its metro Atlanta presence with a $41 million talent and collaboration center in the city’s Midtown that will create up to 700 jobs, Gov. Brian Kemp announced Wednesday.

Cisco, which already employs more than 1,000 Georgians, will set up shop in the Coda building in Midtown’s Tech Square.

“Cisco’s investment in the Peach State is a testament to the strong pipeline of talent our colleges and universities produce here,” Kemp said. “For the last two years, our capital city has ranked as the No. 1 Tech Hub by Business Facilities [magazine], and we continue to outpace the national average in both attracting and educating tech talent.”

The new talent and collaboration center is expected to open next year.

The company will be hiring in a variety of areas and skill sets, including engineering, customer experience and finance. Career opportunities will be available to students, those early in their careers and to more experienced professionals.

Individuals interested in opportunities with Cisco are encouraged to visit the company’s website for more information.

“We’re delighted to welcome Cisco to our neighborhood,” said Angel Cabrera, Georgia Tech’s president. “Tech Square has emerged as one of the most exciting innovation hubs in America — a meeting point for large tech companies and a thriving ecosystem of startups. … As a global leader, Cisco will not only benefit from this environment of innovation but will soon be a major contributor to it.”

The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Global Commerce Division partnered with Fulton County, Invest Atlanta, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the University System of Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Georgia Power to secure the Cisco expansion.

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