CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) – The most recent good news was the announcement that financial software giant Intuit is building a “Propserity Hub and Innovation Center” in Downtown Bluefield, Mercer County.
The company is best known for it’s “Turbo Tax” products for filing income taxes.
Bluefield beat out over 900 other communities that were considered for this customer service operation.
“You understand the talent coming out of the neighboring colleges and universities. And you see the opportunity that we can connect Silicon Valley technology with the expertise and talent in Bluefield. We think there’s a real opportunity to basically charter an even brighter future for Bluefield,” said Brad Smith, Chairman, Intuit.
The announcement marks a turning point for West Virginia after Wallet Hub.com said the Mountain State had the third worst tech-sector in the nation. But recent legislation addressed broadband problems, and several tech firms including Intuit and Facebook announced they were coming here.
“I think as these companies get established in West Virginia, and grow, they’ll tell their friends. It will become known that West Virginia has tech talent,” said Anne Barth, Executive Director, TechConnect West Virginia.
It’s anticipated that Intuit will create between 200 and 500 new jobs, focused on it’s QuickBooks program for small businesses.
“The people who work there will get training in small business accounting. Basically how to work with our products and we’ll do a five to six-week training before we have anybody work with us,” said Eileen Fagan, Intuit VP for Corporate Responsibility.
Intuit Chairman Brad Smith is a West Virginia native, and a Marshal University Graduate.
The Intuit project here in West Virginia is on the fast track. Company leaders tell us they will be back in the Mountain State within weeks, to start getting this project off the ground.