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Deal: Inspire Brands to Create More Than 1,100 Jobs in Sandy Springs

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Inspire Brands will locate its new headquarters in Sandy Springs, creating more than 1,100 jobs and investing approximately $32 million in Fulton County over the next six years.

“For the better part of the last decade, Georgia has cultivated a reputation as a hub for industry leaders,” said Deal. “When thriving companies like Inspire Brands choose to locate their headquarters in Georgia, they reaffirm the value of our highly skilled workforce and the strength of our low-tax, business-friendly climate to support long-term growth. We value Inspire’s commitment to creating jobs in Fulton County and look forward to continuing this strong partnership for years to come.”

Inspire plans to make a capital investment of approximately $32 million in Atlanta during the development of its new Global Support Center. The headquarters is expected to open in 2019 and will be the global hub for Inspire and its portfolio of restaurant brands.

“We are proud to call Atlanta the home of Inspire Brands,” said Paul Brown, co-founder and CEO of Inspire Brands. “Our vision is to invigorate great brands and supercharge their long-term growth, and Atlanta provides the culture of innovation we need for our brands to reach unprecedented success. I want to thank Governor Deal and his team for their leadership in helping cultivate our city and state in to a world-class business hub.”

Inspire Brands is a multi-brand restaurant company founded in February 2018. Inspire’s portfolio encompasses more than 4,600 Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and R Taco restaurants worldwide, with combined global system sales of over $7.6 billion in 2017. More than 150,000 company team members and franchise employees support Inspire and its family of brands.

“The major investment by Inspire Brands in jobs and capital in Fulton County is another testament to our vibrant business climate, skilled workforce and availability of high-quality real estate,” said Fulton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Rob Pitts. “It also reflects the unparalleled success of the City of Sandy Springs in being a leading destination for corporate headquarters and operations.”

“We have focused on creating an environment, the infrastructure and amenities to attract top talent and keep them here with unequaled access to our work and play lifestyle,” said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul. “It is especially satisfying to watch companies like Inspire Brands thrive and grow within our community.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Project Manager Randall Toussaint represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with the City of Sandy Springs, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the Development Authority of Fulton County and Georgia Power.

“Inspire Brands is an exciting, fast-growing company in the region, and their expansion reflects confidence in metro Atlanta’s growth as a global hub for franchising,” said Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “Inspire Brands’ investment in the metro area will continue to build on that reputation.”

“Georgia is the ideal home for business headquarter operations, and Inspire Brands will be in good company as they establish their new headquarters in Sandy Springs,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “We are excited about the many job opportunities they are creating for our citizens.”

About Inspire Brands

Inspire Brands is a multi-brand restaurant company whose portfolio includes more than 4,600 Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and R Taco locations worldwide. The company was founded in 2018 and is headquartered in Atlanta. For more information, visit InspireBrands.com.

Georgia 400 Trail (PATH 400) Project Wins American Transportation Award

ATLANTA, GA – The Georgia Department of Transportation’s (Georgia DOT) $9.2 million Georgia 400 Trail (PATH 400) project received the Quality of Life/Community Development, Small Category Award Tuesday at the 2018 SASHTO Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas. The Georgia DOT partnered with the PATH Foundation and Livable Buckhead to develop the 5.2-mile bikeable and walkable greenway through the heart of Atlanta’s north side. The partnership resulted in cost efficiencies and design innovations.

“The PATH converted unused right of way property into something functional and beautiful, offering wonderful health and recreation benefits to the community,” said Meg Pirkle, Georgia DOT’s chief engineer. “We are proud to have helped make this vision a reality”

The 11th Annual America’s Transportation Awards are sponsored by AASHTO, Socrata, AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The competition recognizes transportation projects in three categories: Quality of Life/Community Development, Best Use of Technology and Innovation, and Operations Excellence. Project categories are broken down by size: small (less than $25 million), medium (between $25 and $200 million) and large (more than $200 million).

Georgia DOT built the PATH on the right-of-way of GA 400 and the public land adjacent to Metro Atlanta Regional Transit Authority (MARTA). The PATH reclaims what was a highway-only corridor and creates a multimodal trail by turning underutilized gray infrastructure into a useable green space. It connects neighborhoods, offices and retail locations and provides users with an easy way to explore, exercise, commute and engage.

Georgia DOT worked with the Atlanta Police Department to install security cameras at every major point of entry to the PATH. These cameras tie into the City of Atlanta’s state-of-the-art Video Integration Center, providing enhanced safety of pedestrians and cyclists using the PATH.

For more information on the award, or to see other winning projects, please visit: https://news.transportation.org/Pages/NewsReleaseDetail.aspx?NewsReleaseID=1510.

Deal: Instacart to Create More than 400 Jobs in Atlanta Area

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Instacart, a technology-driven, nationwide on-demand grocery delivery service, will create more than 400 jobs and invest $40 million in a Customer Experience Center (CEC) in the Atlanta area throughout the next 24 months.

 “Georgia’s reputation for innovation and our business-friendly environment continue to attract companies powered by technology like Instacart,” said Deal. “As one of the nation’s fastest-growing grocery delivery companies, Instacart will benefit from our skilled workforce and logistics infrastructure as the company extends its reach to a growing consumer base. We look forward to the results of this new partnership and appreciate Instacart’s investment here in the No. 1 state in which to do business.”

Instacart has introduced same-day delivery in more than 240 markets across North America since its launch in 2012, and now covers over 60 percent of U.S. households. Instacart’s technology enables the delivery of fresh groceries and everyday essentials in as little as one hour.

“We are excited to launch our world class CEC here in Atlanta, as the new office will be a key asset in our mission to redefine the customer experience and develop support services for new Instacart products,” said Nick Friedrich, Instacart head of customer operations. “On behalf of everyone at the company, I would like to thank Gov. Nathan Deal and his fantastic staff for welcoming us with open arms. We look forward to harnessing the skills, leadership, and talent in Atlanta while contributing to the bustling community and economy.”

Headquartered in San Francisco, Instacart expanded from 30 markets to more than 190 markets in 2017. The company partners with seven of the eight largest grocers in North America.

“Instacart’s technology is innovating not only how businesses interact with customers, but also how people live their daily lives,” said Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “We are pleased to welcome them to our ecosystem and to watch their continued growth in the midst of our thriving innovation community.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Project Manager Laura Pemberton represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with the Metro Atlanta Chamber and Georgia Power.

“We are excited to welcome Instacart to Georgia,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Instacart is joining the ranks of many innovative companies that are choosing Georgia to grow their company. Instacart is redefining the way we live, and we know they will find success here.”

View open positions at Instacart’s Atlanta office here.

About Instacart

Instacart helps people cross grocery shopping off their to-do lists with just a few clicks. Customers use the Instacart website or app to fill their virtual shopping cart with items from their favorite, local stores and Instacart connects them with shoppers who handpick the items and deliver them straight to their door. Founded in San Francisco in 2012, Instacart has quickly scaled to more than 240 markets and partnered with retailers across North America, including popular national chains as well as local, regional grocers. By combining a personal touch with cutting-edge technology, Instacart offers customers a simple solution to save time and eat fresh food from the most trusted grocery brands. Instacart is the only grocery service that can meet today’s on-demand lifestyle by delivering in as little as one hour. First delivery is free at www.instacart.com.