Payment processing firm will open a sister center in Europe

Payment processing firm Elavon is to add 50 jobs at a new mobile payment innovation center in Atlanta over the next year and a half. 

The center, to be known internally as The Grove, will operate as a separate business unit within the Elavon headquarters. The goal is to create new technologies better serving merchants offering customers options for sending and receiving payments via mobile devices. 

In response to this growing trend, Elavon launched a mobile payment solution in Europe in 2012 and also plans to open a second mobile innovation center across the Atlantic. A company spokeswoman would not say exactly where that facility would be located. 

Atlanta has seen its case as a hub for mobile technology bolstered in recent weeks. 

The Metro Atlanta Chamber sent a delegation to highlight the city's assets on a panel at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, in late February.

The city has been home to the mobility unit of AT&T since Cingular purchased AT&T Wireless in 2004. It also has key corporations that drive the use of mobile technology in business and media, including Coca-Cola Co., United Parcel Service Inc., Turner Broadcasting System Inc. and CNN

AirWatch, a homegrown Atlanta company offering software security for mobile device fleets, made a big splash at the congress, operating a huge booth and announcing a $200 million capital investment. 

Financial technology is a major sector for Georgia, with more than 70 companies in the space accounting for more than $20 billion in annual revenues, according to the Technology Association of Georgia

The Grove, Elavon's new mobile innovation unit, is currently hiring. Click here for application information. 

Elavon is a subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp

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