"I believe Atlanta can one day rival Silicon Valley in terms of information technology talent and business opportunities," says Jason Molfetas, chief information officer of Amtrak.
His inspiring forecast was the central theme of a June 9 presentation to the Sandy Springs-Perimeter Chamber of Commerce (SSPC) membership (www.sandyspringsperimeterchamber.com) by Molfetas and Dave Hudson, Amtrak's chief business strategy officer.
opened the presentation by recognizing the strong IT talent base in Sandy Springs and the greater Atlanta area, thanks to the region's universities and technical schools.
credited this talent base as a key reason Amtrak selected Sandy Springs for its new IT office, which will support Amtrak IT operations nationwide.
projected as many as 200 jobs will be created in the area over the next two-five years as a result of the new IT Service Delivery Center.
thanked the business leaders at the luncheon for their cooperation and warm welcome, noting that the core values espoused by the City of Sandy Springs' leadership and the SSPC
align with those of Amtrak
Both Hudson and Molfetas
made the commitment to forge partnerships with area educational institutions in order to recruit, grow and develop IT professionals.