anthem_thumbThe parent company of health insurance provider Georgia Blue Cross Blue Shield will create 1,800 new technology-related jobs in Midtown when it establishes a new IT hub in the Bank of America building.

Mayor Kasim Reed and Governor Nathan Deal said today during a press conference that Anthem, Inc., will invest more than $20 million in the community throughout the next six years.

“I am excited that Anthem has chosen Atlanta for its consolidated IT business, where the company will have access to a base of highly skilled workers and a thriving business community focused on building for the future,” said Mayor Reed. “This move demonstrates that Atlanta is the region’s leader in technology and IT talent. This year alone three major Fortune 500 companies have established IT and innovation centers in our city.”

“As Georgia continues to grow its reputation as the nation’s top destination for the health IT industry, major companies like Anthem continue to strategically position themselves here,” said Gov. Deal. “Georgia’s qualified workforce and the collaborative partnerships on both state and local levels will allow Anthem to improve customer outreach while maintaining its competitive edge on a national scale. We value Anthem’s investment in Georgia and look forward to the company’s plans for renewed growth and significant expansion.”

Anthem’s new facility in Bank of America Plaza will allow for close collaboration between the IT hub and the Anthem Innovation Studio that recently opened in Tech Square.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.