A provider of Web domain names, GoDaddy, plans a significant expansion in Tempe, Arizona with the building of its two-story, 150,000-square- foot, Global Technology Center, expected to generate 300 jobs.
The firm said it will provide a creative new space for 1,300 employees, including engineers, developers and customer-care representatives. Construction is scheduled to begin later this month. GoDaddy currently employs more than 3,400 people worldwide, with a significant portion of the personnel based in Arizona.
“GoDaddy is a true Arizona success story,” said Governor Jan Brewer. “It started with a handful of people and a dream. Now, GoDaddy is among the largest Valley employers. Year after year, it is ranked as one of the metro area’s ‘Best Places to Work,” and GoDaddy has expanded each of the 16 years it has operated in our state. This is a great example of the type of company we had in mind when we championed legislation two years ago aimed at putting our economy on the right track. The hard work is paying off, and we are proud to have played a role in helping keep GoDaddy firmly-rooted in Arizona.”
"GoDaddy has worked hard to become the largest platform for small businesses around the world," said CEO Blake Irving. "GoDaddy is changing people's lives by helping people turn their dreams and ideas into real businesses - and this new facility is a keypiece to making that happen. This location in the heart of the ASU Research Park is a sweet spot; it's in the hub of the state's technology corridor and gives us the space we need for the years ahead."
“Tempe is thrilled to welcome GoDaddy and its talented employees to our community,” said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell. “They are a great fit for our community, where 20 percent of all jobs are in the technology sector. Tempe is known as a smart, fun and thriving city, and we are happy to welcome GoDaddy into that mix. We are looking forward to being great partners now and in the future.”
“The ASU Research Park is the perfect location for companies to align with our large number of faculty members at one of the world’s leading research universities,” said ASU Executive Vice President, Treasurer and CFO Morgan R. Olsen. “Collaboration with the ASU Research Park companies offers students the chance to enhance their education and gain skills that can result in jobs for them post-graduation. The ASU Research Park currently houses more than 47 companies and employs 4,600 people. We welcome GoDaddy to our community and believe their presence will be beneficial for all.”
“The fact that GoDaddy chose to expand its already-prominent Arizona footprint speaks volumes about our competitive business environment and favorable tax structure for corporations,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “The ACA is committed to working with companies around the state, connecting them with every possible resource to help expand operations, invest in Arizona and create quality jobs.”