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Finland-Based Smarp Eyes Atlanta, Georgia, for Operations Center

01/21/2019
Finland-based Smarp, a hub for content discovery and distribution, will create 60 jobs and invest $3 million to set up an operations center in Atlanta, Georgia.

“We looked at several potential locations in the US when we decided to relocate our North American headquarters from New York,” said Smarp CEO Roope Heinilä. “Our primary criterion was the availability of talent, and Atlanta’s world-class universities and diverse talent pool made it a top pick for us. In New York, we found that much of the talent pool was focused on the financial and media industries, whereas we see Atlanta as a growing tech hub with a vast and diverse talent pool. We’re looking forward to contributing to the growth of the local ecosystem.”

“Smarp’s selection of Atlanta as its U.S. headquarters underscores the continuing growth of Atlanta’s high tech industry and reflects the expanding business links between Georgia and Finland,” said John Saunders, Honorary Consul of Finland in Atlanta and a Partner at Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP.

“Landing an innovative tech company such as Smarp strengthens Georgia's reputation as a center for innovation and technology,' said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “This is another example of metro Atlanta's growing strength as a high-tech leader, and Georgia’s international relationships yielding outstanding results.”

“The City of Atlanta continues to be a destination for global software companies looking to expand their business with sought- after talent coming out of local universities and access to a diverse startup ecosystem,” said Dr. Eloisa Klementich, President & CEO of Invest Atlanta. “Almost half of the companies Invest Atlanta has worked with during the last two years are in the tech sector, which has led to $2 billion in new economic activity. We are pleased to have another U.S. headquarters in Atlanta and look forward to welcoming Smarp here.”

“Smarp’s new North American headquarters here provides our business community with more solutions for employee engagement and advocacy,” said Metro Atlanta Chamber President and CEO Hala Moddelmog. “I am excited to see another international company choose Georgia and join our strong technology ecosystem.”

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