Health care provider Kaiser Permanente will open a new call center in Gwinnett County that is expected to bring more than 800 new jobs by 2020, with most in place by the end of next year. Governor Nathan Deal, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and Gwinnett County officials announced in a press conference at the Capitol on Thursday.
The company will invest $51 million to but and renovate 185,000 square feet of office space on 18 acres in Duluth. The new facility will open in the fall. Once the facility is fully staffed, Kaiser Permanente will have more than 5,000 employees in metro Atlanta by 2020, including a new IT facility with 900 jobs.
The governor teased the announcement at the Eggs and Issues breakfast, when he said January would be a good month for economic development and jobs in Georgia. He repeated the tease in his State of the State address the next day. In a statement today, the governor said,
The health care industry is an economic driver in Georgia. Kaiser Permanente’s devotion to bettering the lives of citizens through innovative health care services makes the company a good fit for Georgia. The state looks forward to continuing this partnership with Kaiser Permanente as it further expands and produces a positive impact on Georgia’s economy.