Tech jobs?

Published 5:12 am Wednesday, June 28, 2017

City OKs hearing for Optomi LLC

Brewton is eyeing an economic development deal to bring scores of new technical jobs to the area.

Monday, the city council set a July 17 public hearing date to discuss partnering with Optomi, LLC, a tech staffing firm with eight locations around the nation, including Atlanta, Dallas, Baltimore, Denver and Charlotte, N.C. The company’s website states the corporate mission as one that “connects those in the tech field such as project managers, business analysts and technologists with positions in mobile technology, network design and cloud and application development careers.”

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Not much was said about the proposed agreement in the Monday’s council meeting other than the company is requesting an agreement to defray startup costs by granting funds (through grants) or “other things of value” to establish a new business known as Provalus.

The company’s website states the Roswell, Ga.-based Provalus “is on a mission to elevate under-served communities…and (provides) Fortune 1000 companies the dependable, quality and practical services they need…straight from the heart of America.” Fortune 1000 company examples include Walmart, Apple and AT&T.

At last weekend’s Brewton Blueberry Festival, Provalus personnel greeted local residents. The Alabama Career Center in Brewton announced a “mass hiring event” today through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon at the Brewton Chamber of Commerce.

City and corporate officials said they could not comment on specifics of the agreement or how many jobs the company will bring until after the July public hearing.