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Visa Inc. Wednesday announced plans to grow its presence in Atlanta, including opening a new office in 2022.
Visa’s new office will be located at 1200 Peachtree Street in Midtown — formerly home to Norfolk Southern — and represent a wide range of Visa teams and functions, with a particular concentration of technology and client services teams, according to a press release.
Several global and regional company leaders will be relocating to Atlanta to support its employee base, which is expected to grow to approximately 1,000 employees over the next few years.
“As Visa continues to grow, it is critical we have a strong local presence in areas where we do meaningful business,” Kim Lawrence, head of the U.S. market, Visa, said. “Growing our presence and workforce in Atlanta will enable Visa to serve our clients more effectively, support talent development, and contribute to the long-term success of local communities.”
Visa will expand its local programs as part of the expansion including She’s Next, Empowered by Visa, an initiative focused on empowering female and Black-owned small businesses. Through continued partnerships and investments, Visa will pursue new opportunities to give residents and local businesses greater access to education, resources, and tools to help them grow and thrive. This includes:
Investing in critical skills development and training for the next generation of local leaders and technical experts, with a focus on inclusion and diversity. Visa will partner with the Georgia Fintech Academy and other regional colleges and universities on student engagement, early-career recruiting, education and mentorship programs. Visa will also collaborate with the Advanced Technology Development Center at Georgia Tech to support entrepreneurs creating solutions to enable the future of payments, financial services and commerce.
Supporting community organizations making an impact in Atlanta aligned with Visa’s focus of advancing inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth and commitments to empowering small and micro businesses.
Collaborating with suppliers of diverse backgrounds to design, build and provide ongoing services for Visa’s new state-of-the-art office as part of Visa’s commitment to increase supplier diversity.
“Atlanta represents an epicenter of financial technology expertise, resilient entrepreneurs, diverse perspectives and a vibrant community culture,” Michelle Gethers-Clark, chief diversity officer and head of corporate responsibility, Visa, who will reside in Atlanta and help to lead the new office, said. “We are committed to investing in and supporting the robust talent pool in Atlanta with rewarding professional development and growth opportunities.”