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Deal: Boston Consulting Group to Create More Than 200 Jobs in Fulton County

Gov. Nathan Deal, along with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, today announced that Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global management and consulting firm, will create more than 200 jobs and invest $9.2 million in a new regional support center in Atlanta.

“BCG has displayed a consistent commitment to the metro Atlanta area for years and this expansion reflects the strength of Georgia’s economy today,” said Deal. “As the major financial and commercial center of the Southeast, Georgia will continue to provide BCG with a skilled workforce and the advantages of the top state in which to do business. With this new facility, BCG will be even better equipped to serve the national and international firms operating here in Georgia.”

The new jobs will include highly skilled positions in creative visual services, finance, client and business support, legal and information technology, and other areas. BCG expects to create more than 500 jobs over the next 10 years with this new facility.

“We’re excited about BCG choosing to expand their presence in our city,” said Reed. “By doing so, BCG will bring 232 well-paying jobs to the City of Atlanta, close to many of the Fortune 500 and 1000 clients they serve. BCG is known for its consulting expertise, as well as being an excellent and in-demand employer. We look forward to their continued growth and success in Atlanta.”

The new center will support operational functions for BCG’s North American and global businesses.

“The new Business Services Center will enable us to support our regional and global teams better, and thereby deliver even greater value to our clients,” said Alan Wise, senior partner and managing director for BCG in Atlanta. “Since opening BCG Atlanta in 1995, we’ve been deeply committed to the Atlanta community through pro bono consulting projects, individual volunteering, and direct support to local organizations. To be able to bring several hundred additional skilled jobs with competitive compensation, market-leading benefits, and excellent career prospects to our city is another way of showing our commitment to Atlanta.”

“BCG plays an important and unique role in Atlanta’s economy, and this new investment will have an estimated $52.7 million total economic impact on our city,” said Dr. Eloisa Klementich, president and CEO of Invest Atlanta. “Having advised Atlanta’s top companies for decades, this expansion will allow BCG to provide their top-tier services to even more businesses across a wide spectrum of industries.”

“I am always encouraged when global leaders choose to find a home in Georgia, and BCG will greatly benefit from our highly-skilled workforce and quality of life,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Atlanta remains a strategic home for businesses to thrive, and I look forward to the contributions BCG will make to our state’s economy and pro-business environment.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Project Manager Ashley Morris represented the Global Commerce division in partnership with Invest Atlanta, Georgia Power and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

About BCG

BCG is a global management consulting firm and a leading advisor on business strategy. It partners with clients from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors in all regions to identify their highest-value opportunities, address their most critical challenges and transform their enterprises. Its customized approach combines deep insight into the dynamics of companies and markets with close collaboration at all levels of the client organization. Founded in 1963, BCG is a private company with 85 offices in 48 countries. For more information, visit bcg.com.

Deal Provides Updates on I-85 Repair Progress

Gov. Nathan Deal, along with Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Commissioner Russell McMurry, Department of Public Safety Commissioner Colonel Mark W. McDonough and State Road and Tollway Authority Executive Director Chris Tomlinson, addressed Interstate 85 bridge repair progress and outlined additional steps the state is taking to reduce traffic and expedite reconstruction.

“I want to extend a sincere thank you to our first responders and other state and local employees who have worked tirelessly since Thursday night,” said Deal. “I’d also like to thank our citizens, especially those near the I-85 site, motorists and private organizations for their patience, understanding and willingness to work together during this time. We encourage everyone to continue using caution and exercising good judgment on the roads going forward. We have undertaken several initiatives to safely and expeditiously move traffic and will continue working with state, federal and local authorities to ensure timely repairs, safe alternative routes for motorists and access to mass transit systems.”

Actions taken by the governor include:

• A letter requesting financial assistance for increased use of MARTA, Georgia Regional Transit Authority (GRTA), Gwinnett and Cobb transit was sent to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. The letter also asked to waive all rules and regulations for contract bids allowing the state to expedite the repair/reconstruction process.
• A letter was also sent to MARTA and GRTA to reassure the agencies that the state will provide funding to cover costs associated with increased ridership using the Amended Fiscal Year 18 budget.
• The governor announced financial incentives for private contractors and GDOT, GRTA and other state agencies. While no specific approach has been determined, GDOT will work with private contractors and the Office of Planning and Budget to work on solutions for state employees working directly on the reconstruction/repair project.
• The governor outlined the work policy for state employees, encouraging those at agencies in the Metro Atlanta area to telecommute if they are able to do so and encouraging those unable to telecommute to use mass transit, including MARTA, GRTA, and Gwinnett and Cobb transit. The governor encouraged private sector employers to follow suit and allow employees working in the Metro Atlanta area to telecommute if they are able to do so.
Copies of the letters to Secretary Chao, MARTA and GRTA are attached.

 

Seven Hundred Feet of I-85 to be Removed and Replaced: $10 Million in Federal Funds Approved from US DOT

Georgia DOT Commissioner Russell R. McMurry, along with state and local officials briefed the public on developments in the ongoing efforts to repair and replace sections of the I-85 roadway near Piedmont Road.  Earlier today, the Commissioner met with Governor Nathan Deal and Butch Waidelich from the Federal Highway Administration.  They committed to work together, along with key partners to ensure the I-85 rebuilding process is expedited and the interstate is operational as quickly as humanly possible. Approximately 700 feet of the roadway — approximately 350 feet northbound and 350 feet southbound will be removed and replaced including support columns.  Demolition will begin this weekend and will continue into Monday, April 3.

Other local and state officials at the press conference included Georgia Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mark W. McDonough, City of Atlanta Fire Chief Joel Baker, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) CEO Keith Parker, and Georgia Regional Transportation Authority/ State Road and Tollway Authority Executive Director Chris Tomlinson.

After walking the site, Commissioner McMurry expressed gratitude to the first responders who kept the public safe and prevented a terrible situation from being far worse.

Since Thursday night, Georgia DOT bridge inspectors have been inspecting the site, assessing the damage and providing information to engineering and design teams. The Georgia DOT will continue the process of determining the extent of the damage in adjacent sections and surrounding infrastructure, and there may be additional repair work that is not quite as obvious. The Department’s engineers began design work for the known damaged sections last night and will continue to advance that process as additional information is available.

“I’d like to express our thanks and gratitude to the motoring public, who listened to the information we distributed overnight and changed their commute patterns this morning to take the pressure off of the metro roadways. I thank the people of Atlanta for their resilience and the exceptional efforts taken to find alternative routes, adjust schedules and use transit to help ease congestion around this site,” the Commissioner said.

McMurry also explained that the area where the fire originated is part of the state’s right of way utilized as a storage location for construction materials, equipment and supplies.  The area contained materials such as plastic conduit which is a stable, non-combustible material. This kind of conduit is used for electrical or fiber optic cables.  The storage site was a secured area that has been used in this manner for years. It is not an uncommon practice for Georgia DOT or other state agencies throughout the country to store their material on the right of way.

Finally, the Commissioner reiterated that the Department was still in the assessment phase, and it will take several months of construction for the roadway to be open to traffic. The Department has aggressive goals to work to reopen some adjacent roadways to traffic in the near future, and will provide updates on these openings as soon as plans are finalized.

Georgia DOT will continue to work with officials, law enforcement, transit partners and many others to provide information and alternatives for the traveling public and the larger impacted community.  The Department asks that travelers plan their travel in advance, and consider options like transit, alternative routes, flex scheduling and work from home, if possible.

For Commissioner McMurry’s comments at the press conference, click here.  For more information and continuous updates, visit www.dot.ga.gov, on our statewide 511 travel system and on our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.