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West Midtown in Atlanta Gets Airbnb Tech Hub

Carla St. Louis

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The Airbnb Tech Hub will open later this year.Airbnb

After announcing plans to open a technical hub in Atlanta last year, Airbnb has selected the Interlock at 14th Street and Howell Mill Road in the heart of West Midtown as headquarter for its building.

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The mixed-use space is another addition to Atlanta’s growing reputation as a top-breeding ground for billion dollar startups in the Southeast–due in part to being managed by Georgia Advanced Technology Ventures (GATV), an affiliate of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

From its West Midtown office space affiliated with the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Atlanta Tech Hub (as it’s dubbed by Airbnb communications) will create high-skilled technical and non-technical jobs.

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“As part of our recruitment and hiring efforts, we are constantly innovating and creating new programs to provide local candidates of all backgrounds and levels of experience the opportunity to join the company,” reads the Airbnb press release. “With the opening of the Atlanta Tech Hub, we will continue our work developing community partnerships in the city to expand entrepreneurship opportunities and create pathways for Atlanta residents to pursue careers in technology. This work builds on our existing partnerships with the NAACP, the Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (RCIE), Tech Bridge, and others in the Atlanta community.”

According to Airbnb, the facility will be the “regional base” or home to its product development teams. Airbnb says it's the “first step in a broader commitment to a long-term presence in the area” in an official press release.

“With the opening of our Atlanta Tech Hub, we hope to create many new high-skilled jobs over time and further expand our commitment to serving all stakeholders in Airbnb’s diverse community: Hosts, guests, communities, employees and shareholders,” says Dave Stephenson, Chief Financial Officer at Airbnb. “Atlanta emerged as the perfect choice for our new Tech Hub because of its strong educational infrastructure and institutions committed to supporting communities of color.”

If all goes to plan, the Atlanta Tech Hub will open later this year, subject to pandemic conditions.

GATV is notable for buying and developing properties near the campus that acknowledges both the academic needs of Georgia Institute of Technology and that of technology companies interested in tapping into its research innovations and student talent.

“Atlanta is and always will be open to business, innovation and attracting talent,” says Andre Dickens, Mayor of Atlanta and a Georgia Tech alumnus. “This investment is a vote of confidence in the strength of our tech industry and Atlanta’s existing talent. We welcome Airbnb’s new tech hub and I look forward to working together to create a pipeline of technical jobs and economic opportunities for our residents.”

Since 2010, Airbnb has contributed to Atlanta’s economy, with hosts in Georgia earning a total of $1.2 billion. Most hosts on Airbnb earn an average of $9,600 annually. Home sharing acts as a source of income for more than 40,000 hosts across the Peach State. 56 percent of hosts in Atlanta are women.

Airbnb was represented by T. Dallas Smith & Company, the nation’s largest African American-owned, commercial real estate brokerage firm.

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