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Alpharetta attracts another high-tech corporation, more jobs
Alpharetta attracts another high-tech corporation, more jobs

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Another high-tech corporation is relocating to Alpharetta.

Agilysys, Inc., an information technology and software company currently based in Ohio, announced Tuesday it is moving its corporate headquarters to Alpharetta.

Alpharetta, in north Fulton County, has been attracting high-tech companies the way nectar attracts bees.

Agilysys, alone, will add about 100 jobs to Alpharetta.

"Every job helps," said James Drinkard, Alpharetta's Assistant City Administrator who has headed the city's economic development campaigns.

Drinkard said that in the past four to five years, more than 30 high tech companies have moved to Alpharetta.

The main reason is buried beneath the city.

"The fiber optic network is really something that sets us apart," Drinkard said.

The fiber optic network was first installed for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

"Prior to 1996, there was not a corporate office in Alpharetta," Drinkard said. "And now Alpharetta is the hub of the largest, fiber optic network in the country. We've got this massive convergence of fiber optic lines. That equates to, really, hundreds, if not thousands, of jobs that have come into Alpharetta. We really are an employment hub for all of Metro Atlanta."

Al Nash, the Executive Director of Progress Partners of North Fulton Atlanta -- an initiative of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce -- said Tuesday that the explosion of high-tech corporations moving to Alpharetta is keeping the city's taxes low, and generating new housing and new retail across north Fulton County.

"I know this year we've generated, in the north Fulton footprint, probably about 2,000 new jobs," Nash said. "We are the data-center capital of the Southeast, and we almost lead the country in data centers."

Drinkard said high tech companies have high standards of perfection.

"You're talking about companies, when they're choosing locations, they want to know about the number of power interruptions that were in excess of 1/1000 of a second, over the last three years. It's that critical."

So, they need redundant power sources and redundant fiber optic connectivity, which Alpharetta has.

The high-tech corporations are nestled deep within wooded office parks behind high-tech security.

Drinkard said the Alpharetta locations of some of the corporations are not revealed to the public, for reasons of national security. Even members of the Alpharetta City Council don't know where some of the companies do business. Drinkard said he has to notify Homeland Security if anyone even asks about the companies' location.

"We've become a key location for top tech corporations in the world," he said. "It's the combination -- the great quality of life, plus all that great infrastructure."


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