ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) PowerSchool, an education software company, announced Friday they plan to hire 96 more employees and expand its offices into a new downtown Roanoke building.
"To me, the message is as a community, as a region, we are competitive for new economy jobs, technology jobs," Roanoke Regional Partnership Executive Director Beth Doughty said.
The expansion will cost the company $1.8 million to expand and relocate to a 38,000-square-foot facility in downtown Roanoke.
According to the company, Virginia successfully competed against California, Pennsylvania, and Texas for the project.
"We have a lot of opportunities as a company and it starts right here in Roanoke, excited to have them help us on our journey," said Mark Oldemeyer, PowerSchool CFO.
They will also invest $1.8 million in two floors worth of new offices in the former Norfolk Southern building.
"We need the additional space to accommodate the new employees," said Oldemeyer.
Roanoke competed against several other states for the project.
"We won. Why? The workforce, I've always said that." Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said.
"This sends a big message, we beat California, we beat Texas, we beat Pennsylvania because of our workforce."
McAuliffe presented the city with a $250,000 grant to help with the project.
Recruiting to fill the jobs will begin late this year to early next year.
"The great thing is we hire everyone from straight out of college, to experienced hires."
Construction on the new offices at the former Norfolk Southern Building will begin immediately.