State Farm will bring more than just thousands of workers to Dunwoody when it opens its new corporate campus, the company’s vice chairman and chief operating officer, MIchael Tipsord, told members of the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 30.

The company also will bring a corporate commitment to involvement in the local community and in education, he said. “We don’t intend to be simply a supplier of jobs,” he said. “We want to be involved in the community. … We encourage volunteerism with our workforce.”

State Farm is building a new high-rise adjacent to the Dunwoody MARTA station that will anchor its new campus. The company now employes about 5,000 in the metro Atlanta area, Tipsord said. Eventually, he said, about 8,000 employees will work at the Dunwoody campus, which is one of three national “hubs” State Farm is building. The others are in Dallas and Pheonix.

Michael Tipsord, vice chairman and chief operating officer of State Farm, speaks to the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 30, 2014.

“We are excited. We are so excited about what the future holds,” Tipsord told the more than 150 business and government leaders who attended the chamber luncheon. “We are excited by the talent. We are excited about the business environment.”

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.