ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Anthem, Inc. (NYSE: ANTM), one of the nation’s largest health benefits companies, announced today it will establish an Information Technology hub in Atlanta – bringing more than 1,800 IT-related jobs over the next six years to a state where Anthem companies have a long history and workforce commitment.
This new commitment includes an investment in real estate at Bank of America Plaza in midtown Atlanta that will allow for closer collaboration with the Anthem Innovation Studio recently opened in Atlanta’s Tech Square. Anthem’s decision to establish a collective IT workforce environment in Atlanta will further the company focus on expanding consumer access to high quality, affordable health care through our next-generation IT strategy of modernization, digitization and innovation.
“For more than 75 years, Anthem companies have invested in the Georgia workforce. Atlanta has become known as an innovation hotbed, with research facilities, incubators and start-ups in a highly concentrated area,” said Tom Miller, senior vice president and chief information officer at Anthem, Inc. “We’re looking forward to opportunities for partnerships that help transform health care and support exceptional consumer experiences. Additionally, this allows us to tap into the IT talent pipeline in this state.”
“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 Georgia Governor Nathan 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.”
“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 Atlanta Mayor Kasim 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.”
“Atlanta’s continued attraction of significant information technology centers is a testament to our city’s strong knowledge-based economy, which is fueled by an educated and skilled workforce that has driven steady job growth for many years,” said Dr. Eloisa Klementich, president and CEO, Invest Atlanta. “In addition to a strong base of talent, Atlanta offers companies and their employees a high quality of life and low cost of living that surpasses other major metropolitan areas.”
Anthem’s establishment of the Atlanta IT hub includes an initial investment of $20 million that will grow over the next few years.
About Anthem, Inc.
Anthem is working to transform health care with trusted and caring solutions. Our health plan companies deliver quality products and services that give their members access to the care they need. With over 73 million people served by its affiliated companies, including nearly 40 million enrolled in its family of health plans, Anthem is one of the nation’s leading health benefits companies. For more information about Anthem’s family of companies, please visit www.antheminc.com/companies.