Gov. Nathan Deal announces 1,120 jobs will be heading to Morrow as Clayton County Economic Development Director Grant Wainscott looks on during a press conference Monday. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)
ATLANTA — Major staffing firm Chime Solutions will create 1,120 jobs in Clayton County by setting up a call center in Southlake Mall, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday.
“This announcement today is in a county whose unemployment rate has greatly exceeded the unemployment rate as as a state as a whole, so these are jobs that are going to be very welcomed in that community,” said Deal during a press conference at the state Capitol.
The center will be located in the vacant JCPenney space at the mall, and Chime officials said interviews will be done on-sight.
Chime CEO Shelly Wilson said the center will offer both full- and part-time positions ranging from the entry to executive levels. Wilson could not give a definite pay-range for the positions. However, she estimated they would pay at least $10 an hour.
County commission Chairman Jeff Turner said the center will provide salaries Clayton County residents could live off of.
“Chime Solution marks a major turning point for corporate employment on the South Side,” said Turner. “This project represents 1,100 new jobs — and not just any jobs, but jobs with livable wages and great benefits.”
Sate officials worked with the City of Morrow and Clayton County governments to bring Chime Solutions to Clayton County. County Economic Development Director Grant Wainscott said the state offered tax incentives offered because of Clayton County’s status as a Tier One — or economically distressed — tax community.
“Clayton County is the only Tier One inside of metro-Atlanta, which is not something you want to be forever, obviously,” Wainscott said. “The goal is to have an incentive package that comes in and helps you incentivize jobs and helps improve the overall economic situation of the county so you don’t stay a Tier one for long.
“We’re trying to take advantage of that as best we can,” Wainscott added.
These tax incentives help explain what Wainscott calls the “slew of economic activity” coming through Clayton County in the past few months. In the last seven months, county and business leaders have announced multi-million dollar investments from companies such as Briggs Equipment and H.H. Gregg.
Morrow Mayor J.B. Burke said he was thrilled that one of the biggest announcements involved his city.
“I have a test question,” said Burke as he approached the podium during the press conference. “I’m the mayor of the City of Morrow. How do you think I feel?”
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