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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.

Deal: Pandora To Create 250 Jobs in Fulton County

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Pandora, the largest music streaming service in the U.S., will expand its presence and create 250 jobs in Atlanta over the next three years.

 “Pandora’s investment in Atlanta is a testament to the value of our highly skilled workforce and business-friendly environment for attracting innovative companies,” said Deal. “With this expansion, Pandora will benefit from the strategic resources available to digital leaders operating in Georgia, as well as close proximity to our vibrant arts and entertainment communities. We appreciate Pandora’s ongoing commitment here in Georgia and look forward to strengthening our partnership as the company continues to grow and create meaningful employment opportunities for our citizens.”

Pandora plans to hire for positions in product and engineering, sales, client services, legal and human resources.

“Atlanta has been home to a wide array of top artists who have both defined and defied genres,” said Pandora CEO Roger Lynch. “This rich music history, combined with Atlanta’s diverse talent, dynamic startup culture, and extensive higher education community, make it the right place to grow our team. We look forward to expanding our presence in Atlanta and becoming a bigger part of the local community.”

“Like Pandora, Atlanta sits at the nexus of music and technology,” said Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. “We are a premier destination for some of the world’s most talented musical artists and producers, as well as tech talent. I trust this combination will be beneficial to Pandora as it stays at the forefront of music technology and am pleased to welcome many new Pandora employees to Atlanta.”

“Pandora is a household name and trailblazer in the music streaming industry,” said Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “We’re thrilled that they are expanding their presence in our region. Pandora should feel right at home in metro Atlanta, where our technology ecosystem is thriving and cultivating the latest innovations in digital media and entertainment.”

“When a leading technology company like Pandora commits to hundreds of jobs in Fulton County, it speaks to the strength of our talent base, our high quality of life and attractiveness for economic investment,” said Fulton County Chairman Robb Pitts.

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

“Atlanta places Pandora at the ideal intersection of culture, technology and a diverse workforce,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Georgia has been long known for its robust entertainment and technology sectors, and we look forward to welcoming a company that is invested in both the entertainment and technology world.”

View open positions in Pandora’s Atlanta office here.

About Pandora

Pandora is the world’s most powerful music discovery platform – a place where artists find their fans and listeners find music they love. We are driven by a single purpose: unleashing the infinite power of music by connecting artists and fans, whether through earbuds, car speakers, live on stage or anywhere fans want to experience it. Our team of highly trained musicologists analyze hundreds of attributes for each recording which powers our proprietary Music Genome Project®, delivering billions of hours of personalized music tailored to the tastes of each music listener, full of discovery, making artist/fan connections at unprecedented scale. Founded by musicians, Pandora empowers artists with valuable data and tools to help grow their careers and connect with their fans. For more information, visit www.pandora.com.

Deal Announces Innovation Fund Tiny Grant Award Winners

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced six award winners for the Innovation Fund Tiny Grant Program, a competitive grant opportunity that provides funding to traditional public schools, charter schools and school districts to implement small-scale programs that directly engage students.

“The Innovation Fund Tiny Grant unites top educators to prepare students to engage in today’s most important academic areas,” said Deal. “As we invest in young minds and encourage them to reach their fullest potential, we must also invest in opportunities to develop and implement innovative classroom methods. Congratulations to the award winners and we look forward to seeing the impact each Tiny Grant will have on the futures of Georgia’s students.”

Programs funded by Tiny Grants must align with one of the three following priority areas: applied learning with a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) education, blended and personalized learning, and birth-to-age-8 language and literacy development.

Grantees will evaluate the impact of the programs on student engagement and achievement and submit their findings to the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) at the end of the grant period.

The grant award winners and their respective programs are listed below:

Applied Learning with a Focus on STEAM Education

Doerun Elementary School
Colquitt County Schools
Making Thinkers with a Makerspace

Lindley Sixth Grade Academy
Cobb County School District
Let’s Code Lindley

Pickens High School
Pickens County School District
Dragon Table

Fulton Leadership Academy
State Charter School
Innovation in Remediation

Blended and Personalized Learning

Benjamin E. Mays High School
Atlanta Public Schools
|Culturally Relevant Computing

Birney Elementary School
Cobb County School District
Bridging the Instructional Divide: Personalized Learning in ELA and Math for Title I Kids

About the Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund invests in public education entities that develop and scale programs that enable Georgia educators to improve student performance and tackle our state’s most significant education challenges. In 2011, the Innovation Fund began as a $19.4 million grant competition created under Georgia’s Race to the Top (RT3) Plan. To continue the Innovation Fund’s work beyond RT3, Deal appropriated state funding for Fiscal Years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Since its inception, the Innovation Fund has invested more than $33 million of state and federal funding through 142 grants to school districts, charter schools, postsecondary institutions and nonprofit organizations to pilot innovative education programs, ranging in focus from teacher and leader induction and development to STEAM (science, technology, engineering arts and math) applied learning, blended and personalized learning, and birth-to-age-8 language and literacy development. More information about the Innovation Fund is available on the GOSA website.