It’s being called one of the biggest workforce announcements in sometime. 840 new jobs are coming to Owensboro next year.
Officials with customer service company, Alorica, say they’re opening a new center on Frederica Street.
The BB&T building, blocks away from the riverfront and on the edge of downtown, will have a new look, and a new company calling it home, bringing what officials hope are new benefits to the city.
“This home run was hit by everyone I am looking at, and many more,” says Mayor Ron Payne during today’s announcement.
840 new jobs in Owensboro. A workforce addition potentially drawing more than just jobs.
“We’re going to see other people from other communities, other counties, even from other states come in,” says Daviess Co. Judge Executive Al Mattingly.
It could draw more in tax revenue for the city. Mayor Payne says it could bring in millions in tax dollars. The new customer engagement center on Frederica Street will be within the downtown TIF district.
“Last year, we set a base of what tax revenue we were generating downtown. Anything generated above that base goes in to our TIF, including state tax revenue, so this is a huge, huge component,” he says.
The center will be the latest branch for Alorica, who have dozens of centers nationwide. They provide services for major businesses, including some in the Fortune 100. Division Vice President Greg Bush says the city’s people, culture, and workforce development led them to Owensboro.
“We were very impressed with the GO FAME program and getting involved in the community with that, being able to train and develop and being engaged,” he says.
Alorica officials say the new center should be renovated and ready by next spring at the earliest. The more than 800 jobs will come in phases…With 500 during the first hiring wave.