General Motors set to build new IT design center in Texas

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General Motors, the maker of the Volt, will be creating an "IT Innovation Center" in Austin, Texas to help the company work on the next generation of automobiles.

General Motors (GM), the American carmaker that nearly went bankrupt in the spring of 2009, has slowly but surely begun reconstructing itself after a large restructuring that saw it shed workers and close factories. Now, with stronger sales figures and an appetite for growth, GM announced in September that it will be creating "IT Innovation Centers" in several cities, with the first being constructed in Austin, Texas.

According to its official press release, the purpose of the program is to bring together creative minds to develop the next great GM car. Speaking about the move, Randy Mott, the car company's chief information officer, said that another goal was to improve GM's information technology (IT) capabilities.

"We anticipate hiring as many as 500 new GM employees in Austin," Mott was quoted as saying. "We look to the Innovation Centers to design and deliver IT that drives down the cost of ongoing operations while continuously increasing the level and speed at which innovative products and services are available to GM customers."

He went on to cite Texas' vibrant higher education system, which he hopes will provide additional brain power to the Austin IT Innovation Center over the coming years.

GM hopes to have the new workspace operational within the next two years, could be a source of IT industry growth in the Lone Star State. Those seeking new job opportunities might want to look to GM as they expand their operations.

If you are a member of the IT community that is interested in learning more about Texas' economy and potential career options in the state, you should continue following Inquest Staffing's coverage of developments in the region. We're an IT staffing agency based in Houston, Texas, and our knowledgeable, friendly staff can answer any questions you may have the region.

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