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Galvanize Announces Expansion to Phoenix Warehouse DistrictGalvanize Announces Expansion to Phoenix Warehouse District<div class="ExternalClass3CAA2E79BC9C4DB79F07DA40B56C0EA0"><p>PHOENIX -- Galvanize, a technology education company that trains new economy workers in software development and data science, today announced plans to expand to the Downtown Warehouse District.  The Phoenix campus is planned to open in late 2016. Galvanize's new location brings with it a unique co-working space that will house dozens of startup and fully commercialized companies who want access to the new talent Galvanize creates.</p><p>As part of the move, Galvanize will partner with Allstate, the nation's largest publicly traded personal lines insurer, to provide agile software development training to its local employees early next year. The City of Phoenix and the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) worked closely with Galvanize to secure this new location. </p><p>"We are honored by the opportunity to partner with Mayor Stanton, the City of Phoenix, the IDA and Allstate, to address technology's talent gap and high industry demand for technical skills," said Jim Deters, Galvanize CEO. "This is a major step toward empowering the next generation of technology workers in the Phoenix metro area to make an impact in 2016 and beyond."</p><p>Phoenix was recently recognized as the No. 2 metro region in the creation of software technology jobs between 2012 and 2014, and STEM job openings will increase in the US by 2.6 million through 2020.* This new initiative between Galvanize, the City of Phoenix, and Allstate will help eliminate technology talent gaps that exist and meet the growing demand for technical workers. </p><p>"We've worked hard to grow an innovation-based economy in Phoenix, and Galvanize opening a campus in our Warehouse District is an indication that our efforts are paying off," said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. "This partnership shows that our top companies, our education sector and our talented workforce are collaborating to make our region a leader in the 21<sup>st</sup> Century economy."</p><p>The new campus will also contribute to the ongoing revitalization of Phoenix's Warehouse District, which is growing into a vibrant, community-focused neighborhood as development continues rapidly in the area.</p><p>"Phoenix's historic Warehouse District is an ideal location for a tech company such as Galvanize seeking vibrancy in an urban core," said Councilwoman Kate Gallego.  "Redevelopment in the Warehouse District is a win for our city as it preserves our legacy while strengthening our future." </p><p>"We are pleased to continue working with Galvanize to advance the technology acumen of current and prospective employees allowing us to leverage new and innovative technology offerings to connect with our customers and grow our existing presence in Phoenix," said Andy Zitney, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Allstate Technology & Strategic Ventures. </p><p>"Galvanize will help create a well-educated, trained and ready workforce, essential to attracting high technology companies to our region," said Juan Salgado, executive director of the Phoenix IDA. "The Phoenix IDA is proud to be part of the collaboration that attracted Galvanize, helping ensure high-quality jobs for our community."</p><p>"Greater Phoenix is seeing a lot of interest from the tech industry, which is creating quite the buzz nationally for the market. Having locally grown tech companies such as WebPT elevates the market's notoriety across the U.S. We could not be more excited to see Galvanize expand to the Warehouse District," said Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. "Job growth in the software industry in Greater Phoenix is outpacing the national average, and we are going to continue to seeing that growth as more and more companies consider the market for expansion."</p><p>"Phoenix's success in today's technology and innovation marketplace relies on attracting, developing and retaining top talent," said Vice Mayor Daniel Valenzuela, chair of the City Council's Downtown, Aviation and Redevelopment Subcommittee. "Galvanize helps to solidify Phoenix as the destination of choice for technology innovators, entrepreneurs and start-ups."</p><p>Beginning next year, Galvanize will train more than 100 software developers in 2016, with Allstate already committing to hiring 100-150 eligible graduates of the program. Galvanize's Phoenix Campus is anticipated to open in September 2016 in the Warehouse District at 515 E. Grant Street. For more information about applying for a course or membership at Galvanize's Phoenix campus, visit<a href="http://galvanize.com/Phoenix"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span></a><span style="text-decoration:underline;">http://Galvanize.com/Phoenix</span></p><p><strong>For more information on Galvanize, please contact: </strong>Mark Saldaña, Marketing Manager, Galvanize, at <a href="mailto:mark@galvanize.com"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">mark@galvanize.com</span></a>         </p><p><strong>For more information on Allstate, please contact</strong>: Laura Strykowski at 847.402.5600 or <a href="mailto:laura.strykowski@allstate.com"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">laura.strykowski@allstate.com</span></a></p><p><strong>For more information on the City of Phoenix, please contact</strong>: Christine Mackay, Director, City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development at <a href="mailto:christine.mackay@phoenix.gov"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">christine.mackay@phoenix.gov</span></a> </p><p>*Sources: Georgetown University and CBRE</p><p>Media resources can be found at <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Galvanize.box.co​m/phoenix</span><br></p></div>12/9/2015 7:00:00 AMCynthia Weaver602-568-8126