Brewer announces new GoDaddy tech center in Tempe

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Gov. Jan Brewer and the CEO of GoDaddy say the Scottsdale-based web-hosting company is building a new technology center at Arizona State University's research park in Tempe.

The company plans to house 1,300 engineers, developers and customer-care representatives in a new two-story, 150,000-square-foot facility. Three hundred of the workers will be new hires.

The building is set to open next year.

"GoDaddy has worked hard to become the largest platform for small businesses around the world," said CEO Blake Irving. "GoDaddy is changing people's lives by helping people turn their dreams and ideas into real businesses - and this new facility is a key piece to making that happen. This location in the heart of the ASU Research Park is a sweet spot; it's in the hub of the state's technology corridor and gives us the space we need for the years ahead."

"Tempe is thrilled to welcome Go Daddy and its talented employees to our community," said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell. "They are a great fit for our community, where 20 percent of all jobs are in the technology sector. Tempe is known as a smart, fun and thriving city, and we are happy to welcome Go Daddy into that mix. We are looking forward to being great partners now and in the future."

"The ASU Research Park is the perfect location for companies to align with our large number of faculty members at one of the world's leading research universities," said ASU Executive Vice President, Treasurer and CFO Morgan R. Olsen. "Collaboration with the ASU Research Park companies offers students the chance to enhance their education and gain skills that can result in jobs for them post-graduation. The ASU Research Park currently houses more than 47 companies and employs 4,600 people. We welcome GoDaddy to our community and believe their presence will be beneficial for all."

Tuesday's jobs announcement is the governor's fifth since February.

The state has landed a major General Motors information technology center, a new Union Bank mortgage operations center, the U.S. headquarters for a Netherlands-based software firm and a large operations center for a company that matches patients with doctors online.

Together the five announcements are expected to add about 2,400 jobs in the next several years.