David Dabbiere, CEO of Airwatch, called MARTA a secret weapon for the mobility technology and security firm.
Of the company’s 1,200 employees worldwide, 800 are located at its Sandy Springs/Perimeter headquarters. Dabbiere said MARTA is especially desirable for retaining the company’s young workforce – typically 23 to 24-year-olds.
The CEO spoke on a panel at a Perimeter Business Alliance luncheon, Friday, at the Ravinia Club in Dunwoody. One hundred Perimeter area business leaders attended the luncheon.
“This is a great corridor for young people to move into,” Dabbiere said, also citing the many restaurants and Perimeter Mall near Airwatch offices on Perimeter Center West.
Tino Mantella, president and CEO of the Technology Association of Georgia, said the technology industry has an annual $113.1 billion economic impact on Georgia and Perimeter is a significant area where the industry is flourishing.
“Perimeter is a very holistic community that will draw employees and more businesses,” added David Spotts, director of facilities and corporate services for AutoTrader.com. “Our employees want to live, work and play in an area and they can do that in Perimeter.”
AutoTrader.com, which has 1,600 employees in 450,000-square-feet of space on Summit Boulevard, ran out of space last year – the second year of its building lease. More than 200 employees use MARTA daily, Spotts said.
“We love this area,” said Clearwave Corporation CEO Gerard White. He and the panelists said highly educated talent from universities such as Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia, in addition to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, are advantages in attracting technology companies.