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Posted: Friday, October 13, 2006 6:21 am | Updated: 2:12 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

More than 200 new jobs along with a boost to the East Valley economy are expected benefits when a company establishes its West Coast headquarters at the Galleria Corporate Center in December in Scottsdale.

The Chicago-based company, Careerbuilder.com, primarily finds employees for smallto-medium sized firms via the Internet and printed publications.

Careerbuilder.com currently has a temporary office in Phoenix and employs more than 20 sales representatives, said Evan Ross, director of sales for the West Coast district.

“We’re hoping to make a big economic impact in the Scottsdale and the East Valley,” Ross said.

Joe Collura, vice president of operations at the Galleria, 4343 N. Scottsdale Road, said the new tenant is the second out-of-state company to relocate to the business center since 2003.

“Besides adding to the Galleria, the new company and its employees will boost downtown business,” Collura said.

He said Lifewise Health Plan of Arizona, another outof-state firm, moved into the Galleria three years ago, and the latest renter will fill nearly all of the available space left in the building that was once hurting for tenants.

“I remember the Galleria not too long ago being empty, empty,” recalled Mayor Mary Manross. “I think Careerbuilder.com moving into the center is the kind of activity and energy we want for downtown Scottsdale.”

Dave Roderique, spokesman for the Scottsdale Economic Vitality Office, also said the additional jobs will benefit Scottsdale.

“It emphasizes the strong focus on technology in our city,” he said.

Careerbuilder.com’s 40,000-square foot office will be on the first floor, directly below the Scottsdale Culinary Institute.

The area is being remodeled and, once completed, will fill space that has been empty for about three years. The area formerly housed the night club, Insomnia, and the TGIFridays and Biche restaurants.

Careerbuilder.com was started 10 years ago by the Gannett Co. Inc., later joined by the Tribune and McClatchy media companies. It has an estimated 250,000 clients nationwide and posts more than 1 million jobs on its Web site at www.careerbuilder.com, Ross said.

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