Cummings: Atlanta Tech Village to create 10,000 high-paying jobs

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Tech Village is poised to create 10,000 high-paying jobs across the metropolitan region, the founder of a technology incubator told the Buckhead Business Association (BBA) this week.

“Over the next 10 years, the village will create over 10,000 high-paying jobs in metro Atlanta by increasing the number of entrepreneurs here,” the Northside Neighbor quoted David Cummings, founder of the Atlanta Tech Village as saying. “We’re absolutely going to do it. We’re able to do this in a limited amount of time.”

Cummings, a noted entrepreneur, bought an office building at the intersection of Piedmont and Lenox roads for $12.5 million and spent millions more to transform the space into the Atlanta Tech Village. The 103,000-square-foot collaborative center for innovation is the largest technology entrepreneur center in the Southeast.

“From a Buckhead perspective, I can say without a doubt that being part of this area was one of the most instrumental reasons for our success,” the Northside Neighbor quoted Cummings as saying.

Cummings in 2007 co-founded Pardot, and five years later Inc. magazine recognized the company as the 172nd fastest growing company. The company was subsequently acquired by ExactTarget.

Among his many honors, Ernst & Young in 2013 named Cummings an Entrepreneur of the Year in the deal category, and The Atlanta Business Chronicle has named him one of the 100 most influential Atlantans. Cummings also serves on the boards of the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Buckhead Coalition.

During its annual luncheon in January, the BBA awarded Cummings with the Bullish on Buckhead honor for his work to develop the Atlanta Tech Village.

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