General Electric is bringing more jobs to New England.
In addition to the 800 jobs the global industrial giant plans on bringing to the Boston Seaport over the next few years, GE announced this week that at least 100 more tech positions are coming to a GE Digital information technology center based in Providence, Rhode Island.
According to a statement from Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo, the new office will be responsible for developing new software applications and driving innovation in high-performance computing.
The unit will employ a range of professionals, from experienced engineers and data scientists to young professionals with backgrounds in data, design, and IT.
“Our top priority is putting people back to work, so I’m thrilled that GE Digital is planning to bring hundreds of new high-paying jobs to Rhode Island over the next several years,” said Raimondo. “This will create a meaningful opportunity for hundreds of Rhode Island families.”
As The Boston Globe points out, the tech center should prove a “nice consolation prize” for Raimondo. Though Boston was ultimately selected for GE’s new headquarters, the Globe said Raimondo “aggressively courted” the company.
Chris Drumgoole, vice president and chief technology officer at GE, said Providence was chosen as the site for the technology center because of its proximity to top-tier universities that will provide a “tech talent pipeline.”
GE said the Rhode Island center will employ 100 people in the near future, with the aim of expanding its presence over the next several years.