Several multinational corporations have either announced research centers in metro Atlanta in recent months or scouted for locations where tech geeks and scientists will dream up the next big thing.
By at least one measure, Georgia is a Top 10 state in terms of R&D center recruitment.
State and metro economic development officials have pivoted much of their recruitment effort to so-called “knowledge-based jobs,” those centered on science and technology. Research and development centers are not only magnets for high-paying jobs, but the facilities tend to spawn new startup companies from the talent they attract and serve as a billboard to recruit other high-tech companies.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution looks at how the state stacks up in innovation center recruitment, which economic developers agree is critical to stimulating growth of tomorrow’s jobs.
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