Thursday, February 24, 2011

CCP Games will move its headquarters to Decatur

From ajc

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

An Icelandic video game developer announced Thursday that it is bringing about 150 new jobs to Decatur.

150 new jobs coming to E. Ponce in Decatur

CCP Games will move its North American headquarters from Gwinnett County to Decatur. The company will relocate its 150 employees and expects to hire another 150 workers by 2013, company spokesman Ned Coker said.

The company is now renovating 40,000 square feet of office space at 250 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. It plans to relocate by the end of the summer.

“I think it’s great because it brings 150 new white-collar creative jobs to our community and that number will grow to 300,” Decatur City Manager Peggy Merriss said. “It provides a new section of folks who can enjoy our shops and restaurants.”

The jobs will pay about $55,000 a year and be offered to DeKalb residents first, said Jonathan Weintraub, the county's deputy chief operating officer for development.

Coker said the company, which moved to Gwinnett in 2007, was looking for more space and an urban location closer to MARTA.

The company markets video and online games, along with role playing board and card games.

The company received a $500,000 state grant to stay in Georgia and will receive workforce training from DeKalb, Weintraub said. The move makes CCP Decatur's largest private sector employer, Weintraub said.

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