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Old 03-29-2019, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Martinsburg, West Virginia
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WV MetroNews Intuit to open 'prosperity hub' in Bluefield; up to 500 new jobs possible - WV MetroNews
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Old 03-29-2019, 02:32 PM
 
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Wow! Who would have thought that.
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Old 03-30-2019, 03:30 PM
 
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Will this office be more of a call center than high level IT operations?

I'm glad to see a native West Virginian doing things to help the state, in terms of providing job opportunities, but I do find the choice of Bluefield interesting. It's not the best place to use in terms of recruiting top level talent.
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Old 03-31-2019, 08:07 PM
 
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Are we all supposed to know what the heck a "prosperity hub" is?
I Googled it and still don't understand. I guess this is just the buzzword of the day?
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Old 03-31-2019, 10:27 PM
 
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Are we all supposed to know what the heck a "prosperity hub" is?
I Googled it and still don't understand. I guess this is just the buzzword of the day?
I don't know, but it would seem sometimes their operations are not real stable.

Intuit closing Douglas County call center, cuts 59 jobs | Tech+
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Old 04-01-2019, 04:21 AM
 
Location: Martinsburg, West Virginia
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Are we all supposed to know what the heck a "prosperity hub" is?
I Googled it and still don't understand. I guess this is just the buzzword of the day?
From the article in the OP:

"According to Smith, the prosperity hub will include a customer success center for the Intuit product QuickBooks and an innovation lab to help small businesses."

Based on my knowledge of Intuit, this is about as good as you can explain it. "Prosperity hub" is certainly a buzzword, though.
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Old 04-01-2019, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Martinsburg, West Virginia
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WV MetroNews Why Intuit chose Bluefield for its next prosperity hub - WV MetroNews
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Old 04-01-2019, 12:53 PM
 
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In light of a discussion on another thread about "too many" colleges so close together, I found this part of the article very interesting:

“Bluefield was chosen based on the talent and skills in the region, access to students graduating from multiple institutions, the progressive leadership of the local community leaders. The combination of expertise here and our technology can create the next chapter for the region,” Smith said.
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Old 04-02-2019, 06:15 AM
 
Location: Martinsburg, West Virginia
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In light of a discussion on another thread about "too many" colleges so close together, I found this part of the article very interesting:

“Bluefield was chosen based on the talent and skills in the region, access to students graduating from multiple institutions, the progressive leadership of the local community leaders. The combination of expertise here and our technology can create the next chapter for the region,” Smith said.
I think it brings up an interesting point. Discussions about "too many colleges close together" directly can be correlated to a lack of jobs in an area. Sure, if there's three colleges within 20 miles of each other (as an example) but little to no jobs, one could say there are too many colleges and be correct.

However, for a company like Intuit looking for a couple hundred young graduates, this is a big plus. The mosquito found the vein, as I say.
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Old 04-05-2019, 01:05 PM
 
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This is a call center with a couple of offices tacked on to it that local "startups" can rent out with maybe some access to a business coach shared among the other locations via tele-networking. Its mostly for show, so everyone feels better about giving economic incentives for a call center.

Looking at Indeed, it looks like their customer support employees make between $11-$28/hour. I'd wager part of the reason they located in Bluefield and Wise is to save on payroll, so the majority of hires will likely be on the lower end of that scale. But given the issue of job growth down there and the cheap cost of living, this might break even if the total wages average out at $15-$16/hour. I doubt more than a handful of these positions (mostly managers) will actually require a college degree.

https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Intuit/sa...egory=customer
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