An announcement on the General Motors website this morning says the auto maker is coming to Austin – creating an "Information Technology Innovation Center" that may ultimately employ up to 500 people.
The company writes on its website:
Austin was chosen for an Innovation Center because the city already has people with the skills GM is seeking - 46,000, according to the May 2011 Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Report.
“We anticipate hiring as many as 500 new GM employees in Austin,”[GM Chief Information Officer Randy Mott] said. “We look to the Innovation Centers to design and deliver IT that drives down the cost of ongoing operations while continuously increasing the level and speed at which innovative products and services are available to GM customers."
The announcement comes at the end of a busy week for Austin's tech jobs market, as an incentives proposal with HID Global was unveiled, Tableau Software announced their entry into Austin, and Dell announced layoffs.