General Motors will open an Information Technology Innovation Center in Warren, Michigan, with plans to hire from 1,500 to 2,000 high-tech employees over the next several years to support the company's new approach to IT services.
"The next generation of IT workers, the talented visionaries we want contributing at the Michigan Innovation Center, are being trained at top computer science schools in Michigan and surrounding states," GM Chief Information Officer Randy Mott said. "The Michigan Innovation Center and its employees are critical to our overall IT business strategy and transformation."
GM said it is looking to create and deliver IT services with new capabilities that will help the company improve its performance, drive down the cost of ongoing operations and increase the level of innovation delivered to GM customers. To support this approach, GM is moving to a more in-sourced IT business services model as part of its overall IT Transformation.
Today's announcement is the first of three new projects expected to result in the creation of up to 2,000 jobs in Michigan and up to $300 million in additional new investment by the company for the combined projects, Gov. Rick Snyder said.
As an incentive Michigan Strategic Fund approved an increase to the maximum allowance on the company's 2009 Global Retention Michigan Economic Growth Authority tax credits to 33,000 jobs from 30,000 jobs. In addition, the company received amendments to its Global retention MEGA tax credit, the Plug-In Electric Vehicle Engineering Credit, and the Amendment to Plug-In Battery Pack Credit to simplify, clarify, and enhance the credit agreements.
"We're currently seeking the next generation of game-changers to help us usher in a new age of automotive innovation at GM," said Mott. Jobs that will be created include software development, project management, database management and business analysis. GM is recruiting recent college graduates and experienced professionals for these jobs.
"GM's impressive recent growth can only be enhanced by the new Innovation Center going into the Warren Tech Center campus and we applaud this world-class auto company for tapping the technology talents of the world's premier manufacturing work force," Snyder said. "Our strength in engineering, research and development is a core Michigan asset that will mean good jobs in an innovative and exciting industry for all who pursue careers in scientific and technology fields. We as a state, and we as parents, must commit to training our kids to do these jobs."