Scottsdale, Arizona-based web hosting and domain name provided GoDaddy announced that it will be building a new global technology center in Tempe, AZ.
Construction of the 150,000-square-foot technology center in the ASU research Park will require GoDaddy to invest $27 million.
In addition to housing the 500 employees at the company’s existing Tempe facility, the new technology center will also create 300 new jobs, and will eventually provide space for 1,300 employees including developers, customer service representatives and engineers.
GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving said their chosen site in the ASU research Park was a sweet spot right in the hub of Arizona’s technology corridor, and would be able to provide space they might need in future.
When GoDaddy first opened the Tempe service center in 2007, they said it was the right fit because of the recruiting opportunities provided by the proximity of Arizona State University.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who was there for the groundbreaking of GoDaddy’s tech center and got her footprints embedded in cement, labeled the company a true success story and said that GoDaddy has announced expansions in each of the 16 years it has operated in the state.
Gov. Brewer added that all the legislative efforts and hard work they have put in is paying off, and they were proud to have been able to assist in helping keep GoDaddy firmly rooted in the state.
Sandra Watson, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), said the fact that GoDaddy decided to expand its sizable footprint in Arizona speaks volumes about the state’s favorable tax structure and competitive business environment.
GoDaddy will be getting around $4 million in incentives for job creation and workforce training. The company can claim $1.5 million from the Arizona Competes Fund, in addition to $5,000 per new worker in the form of training grants, and another $9,000 as tax credits for each job created.
GoDaddy has a total of 3,400 employees, out of which 2,600 are spread across 10 locations in Greater Phoenix, including their corporate headquarters in Scottsdale. GoDaddy.com founder and former CEO Bob Parsons was noted for his refusal to allow outsourcing or offshoring of even a single job.