A human resources software company called PeopleMatter announced a new facility in downtown Charleston–a nearly $19 million investment in four years. The company’s CEO, Nate DaPore, says the investment will bring in about 270 new jobs with it. He says Charleston was the premier choice because–
“We didn’t want our team members to be located in a place where they would be just another tech company in a two-story office building with acres of parking spaces out front and little mancured lawns. We wanted a vibrant place for our folks. We want a place where they would be inspired to greatness and could interact with people from all walks of life. Our new home had to be a stimulating environment and it was this thinking that led us to look to Downtown Charleston as a new campus for our team members,” says DaPore.
The South Carolina Department of Commerce and the City of Charleston made the announcement–alongside DaPore. And, with a little laughter, DaPore said they called it “Project Bahamas.”
“We used the code name ‘Project Bahamas’ to try to keep the plan in secrecy. And, as planned, we led the press made to believe they were opening up a Tommy Bahamas retail store up here. I’m here to confirm this will now be our new home right here,” DaPore says.
DaPore says to sum up PeopleMatter in three words: stimulate, create and innovate.
“PeopleMatter was founded on a simple idea to provide service industry employers with the opportunity to be able to identify and hire the right people. We serve restaurants, hotels, convenience stores, and retailers and we allow them to be able to find the right people, develop them, manage them and inspire them to develop great service,” says DaPore.
The project is expected to be completed by 2013.
The company also has offices in Atlanta and San Francisco. The North Charleston office will move into the city of Charleston.