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Gov. Deal breaks ground for Jackson Healthcare

Officials praise expansion efforts

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Breaking ground on the $100M Jackson Healthcare expansion are from left, company founder Rick Jackson, Gov. Nathan Dean and company President Shawn Jackson.
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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Gov. Nathan Deal and nearly 1,000 politicians, guests and Jackson Healthcare employees gathered May 4 under one gigantic tent to celebrate the groundbreaking of Jackson’s $100 million expansion.

Despite the drizzling rain, spirits were high at Jackson Healthcare’s Alpharetta campus where the expansion will occur over the next 18 months:

A 267,000-square-foot, eight-story office building

A 39,000-square-foot, three-story amenities building

A parking deck with a capacity of 1,385 spaces.

The total expansion is some 309,000 square feet on the company’s 30-acre campus and will accommodate an estimated 1,400 new jobs as Jackson expands its health services companies.

In all, the campus will contain 509,000 square feet of development.

“This expansion is a great day for one of the greatest employers in the state,” Deal said. “It marks a great opportunity for more Georgians to get jobs.”

Jackson Healthcare has long been a stalwart supporter of providing the best working environment for its employees, having earned the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s designation as the Best Place to Work three times.

There is no telling what new classification the Chronicle will have to devise when Jackson unveils the 39,000-square-foot amenities building, built as a replica of the Roman Coliseum, to provide Jackson associates with state-of-the-art gym and workout facilities, grooming, fine dining and other amenities.

Jackson Healthcare President R. Shane Jackson said the new growth is a testament to the company’s employees’ “quest to improve.”

“We are stronger together. And tall buildings point to the skills of many,” Shane Jackson said. “Jackson Healthcare is comprised of many individuals and what they uniquely bring to [the company].”

The new office building will house new companies and divisions within Jackson Healthcare as it expands in the coming months and years.

Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce CEO Brandon Beach hailed the groundbreaking as a “great day for North Fulton and the state.”

“Jackson Healthcare has business interests all over the country. But it is not by accident they are in Alpharetta. Here there is a government that provides low taxes, a well-trained work force and less regulation,” Beach said.

“In return, Jackson has been a powerhouse job creator for our region. This will be an iconic development for this area. Rick [Jackson, the company’s founder] always says, ‘Go big or go home.’ Whether it is about the issue of foster care in Georgia or building a great business, we thank Rick Jackson for all he has done.”

Rick Jackson said he has been by most definitions successful, but such accolades “are hollow.”

Rick Jackson said he wants his company to build a legacy.

“We want to leave a legacy of corporate philanthropy – not for public relations, but because it is the right thing to do,” he said.

He said he wants his company to be “a vessel from God to make a difference in the world.”

To that end, Jackson said his company is simply a means to that end.

“Our business is a means to an end of touching lives.”

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