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Published on August 17th, 2016 |


GE Digital reportedly eyeing Buckhead for North American headquarters

GE Digital may be eyeing Buckhead for the North American headquarters of its Information Technology unit, according to a report Tuesday by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, changing course on General Electric Co.’s original plans to consolidate the division in Midtown.

The consolidation project reportedly will, over time, bring more than 400 jobs to Atlanta as GE consolidates work from around the country. GE is said to have considered several sites around Georgia Tech for the IT hub, including Atlanta’s tallest building, the Bank of America tower.

GE has said it would immediately start building the IT team in Alpharetta, where it has an office. The company also said it would likely take temporary space in the city, while it looks for a permanent site. It is not clear if the interest in Buckhead is for the interim space, or final location.

A GE spokeswoman said a site-selection decision is expected soon. “We are in the process of selecting the location of our NA IT Operations center in Atlanta and will be announcing it when finalized,” the spokeswoman told the Business Chronicle.

In Buckhead, GE is said to be looking for about 50,000 square feet, or two floors, according to a source. The company is not considering “trophy office towers,” which rules out Three Alliance Center and 3344 Peachtree, the ABC reported.

Buildings under consideration could include the 34-story Atlanta Plaza, which hosts Salesforce and Rubicon Global: the Buckhead Plaza buildings; and the Piedmont Center office complex.

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