ALPHARETTA, Ga., Jan. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The City of Alpharetta and Tech Alpharetta, the nonprofit organization helping the City of Alpharetta to lead in innovation, announced today that there are now 704 tech companies that call Alpharetta home, a substantial increase from 643 in 2016. The City and Tech Alpharetta recently completed their joint count of the number of tech companies headquartered or operating in Alpharetta as of December 2018, ranging from tech startups, including those working in Tech Alpharetta's startup incubator, to enterprise-level companies, such as Microsoft, which runs its Microsoft Technology Center in Alpharetta.
"We're excited that technology continues to be a leading industry sector in Alpharetta," noted the city's Mayor, Jim Gilvin. "Our community offers significant advantages for new and relocating tech companies. Most notable is our robust infrastructure, which includes citywide power redundancies, higher than average download speeds and abundant data centers. This, coupled with our skilled workforce and thriving ecosystem, make the city extremely attractive to tech companies. Alpharetta offers the largest suburban office market in Metro Atlanta, along with a flourishing downtown, outstanding schools and an excellent quality of life," he added. "We invite new and relocating tech companies to consider everything that Alpharetta has to offer."
Todd Harris, COO and co-founder of Hi-Rez Studios, and president of Hi-Rez Studios' esports subsidiary, Skillshot Media, both headquartered in Alpharetta, shared that "Alpharetta's skilled tech workforce and excellent quality of life made it the perfect location for our headquarters when we founded Hi-Rez Studios in 2005. It's been exciting to watch Alpharetta's exponential growth as a tech hub and the rise of its thriving innovation community over the thirteen years since we founded Hi-Rez Studios, and we look forward to continuing to grow here in Alpharetta."
Karen Cashion, CEO of Tech Alpharetta, observed that "Alpharetta, the Technology City of the South, has evolved into a booming tech hub that offers tech companies and their workforce a true community through the rich variety of locally-based educational and thought leadership programs offered by Tech Alpharetta and other organizations. Another benefit is Tech Alpharetta's highly successful startup incubator located at the Tech Alpharetta Innovation Center."
A list of Alpharetta's 704 tech companies is available at www.growalpharetta.com.
About the City of Alpharetta
Alpharetta, named the best place to live in Georgia by Money Magazine, is the 12th most populous city in in the state and boasts some of the best schools in the country. Commonly referred to as the "Technology City of the South," Alpharetta is home to 67,000 residents, with more than 130,000 people employed by local companies. While the community now has the trappings and success of a metropolitan city, Alpharetta remains known for its sense of community; an ideal environment for raising families, making friends, and enjoying a quality of life that is second to none. Visit the City of Alpharetta's Grow Alpharetta website at www.GrowAlpharetta.com.
About Tech Alpharetta
Tech Alpharetta (previously the Alpharetta Technology Commission), the first organization of its kind in Georgia, was established in 2012 by the City of Alpharetta and is an independent, 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization today. The organization, whose mission is to help grow technology and innovation in Alpharetta, includes a strategic advisory board of Alpharetta's leading technology companies, a technology events pillar, and the Tech Alpharetta Innovation Center, a flourishing tech startup incubator that is home to more than 50 tech startups. For more information about Tech Alpharetta, please go to www.techalpharetta.com.
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