Premier Inc., an alliance of hospitals and healthcare provider centers, will invest $17.7 million to relocate its corporate headquarters and expand its operation in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to the North Carolina governor's office. The company plans to create 300 new jobs at an average annual salary of $69,400 plus benefits. Premier is currently headquartered in San Diego, California. "Considering our existing presence and past history in the area, it is a natural fit for Premier to be headquartered in Charlotte," says Susan DeVore, Premier's president and CEO. "We're excited and proud to truly be a Charlotte-based organization." The state has awarded the company a grant equal to 60 percent of the state personal income withholding taxes from the creation of new jobs for nine years, assuming performance targets are met; the grant could yield as much as $4.09 million.