Area Development
Agero, a provider of connected vehicle services, will invest $8 million in a 53,000-square-foot call center in Clarksville, Montgomery County, Tennessee, creating more than 500 jobs.

"I am excited to welcome Agero to our state and look forward to watching the company grow in Tennessee," Gov. Bill Haslam said. "In creating our economic development strategies last year, we found Tennessee held a unique advantage in the business services cluster, which includes call centers, and this announcement exemplifies a promising future for our state's economic growth." As part of a tax incentive package the firm will receive a seven year tax abatement and a grant based on job creation.

"This is great news for Montgomery County and the state of Tennessee," Bill Hagerty, Community Development Commissioner. "The available sites and exceptional workforce in the area made Clarksville the perfect choice for Agero to locate its new facility, and we appreciate the company's investment in our state. Agero's choice also underscores Tennessee's strength in the business services industry, a rapidly growing sector where Tennessee's unique competitive advantages are strong."

The new facility will be located c. In addition to providing roadside assistance and claims management, Agero develops and integrates customized, private-labeled connected vehicle services, including voice, web, and wireless handset-tablet-based interfaces between owners and their vehicles for global automobile manufacturers.

Agero anticipates that it will hire 250 employees by the end of the year and another 250 in 2013. "The overwhelming response we received at a local job fair from more than 500 qualified job applicants, as well as the immediate availability of an existing facility specifically designed to accommodate a modern call center operation are among the primary reasons I'm announcing this decision," said Agero Chief Executive Officer Michael A. Saxton.