The Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce was honored recently for its role in bringing ATM-manufacturer NCR and 872 new jobs to the region.
The Georgia Economic Developers Association handed out the award for regional deal of the year in Savannah.
“It is a tremendous honor for a group of your peers to recognize we had the best deal in the state of Georgia,” said Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Becca Hardin, the city’s top industrial recruiter.
NCR announced in June it will locate the plant in the former Panasonic battery facility in Corporate Ridge Business Park in East Columbus. About 100 workers are already employed in the facility as NCR gears up for a late October production start. The company should have 150 employees be the end of the year. The full workforce should be in place in three years, the company has said.
Development Authority of Columbus Chairman Dick Ellis said it was a team effort.
“The Development Authority of Columbus, with tremendous support by the Columbus Consolidated Government, worked hand in hand with the Chamber’s economic development staff every step along this journey,” Ellis said.
It is the second year in a row local economic developers have been honored by the association. The Valley Partnership, which consists of local counties and cities, received the award a year ago for bringing Kia supplier Daehan Solution and 300 jobs to Harris County.
“To get any deal in these economic times is good, but to get the No. 1 deal -- the plum -- according to the Georgia Economic Developers Association is a big deal, literally,” said Chamber of Commerce President Mike Gaymon.