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DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

It's a matter of record. In his nearly four years as governor of Tennessee, Governor Bill Haslam has never come to Memphis to deliver bad news.

Did you here that Gov. Chris Christie? NO BAD NEWS!

Gov. Haslam's streak remains intact, as he was among state and local elected officials, relishing in the latest economic development coup for the region. Worldwide call center operator Conduit Global is opening a facility in Bartlett that will bring 1,000 new jobs to the area in three to five years.

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"When we have an opportunity like this it's why we're excited to have folks like Memphis and Shelby County to work with cause they get it," Gov. Haslam (R-Tenn.) said. "As I said out front, they're doing all the right things to attract jobs here."

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Gov. Haslam and Conduit Global President Bryce Hayes made the announcement Wednesday morning inside the FedExForum in Downtown Memphis.

Conduit Global currently employs 5,000 across nine countries on four continents. They'll be spending $8 million to create a 25,000-square-foot call center at Goodlett Farms Office Park that will provide customer care support for wireless customers. The company is already in the process of hiring their first 300 employees in Shelby County with a job fair slated for next month.

If that sounds like they're moving fast, that's because that fits their gameplan.

"We will be hiring rapidly," said Hayes. "We will be hiring quickly and I certainly would encourage any and all to come and join us as we continue to grow."

It didn't hurt that Hayes is already familiar with the territory because he lived and worked in the Memphis area in the 1990s. He admitted he looked at other locations for his latest venture, but was impressed by the incentives, available workforce and the leadership in Tennessee government on local and state levels.

"We were convinced this gave us the best opportunity to succeed," Hayes added. "Hiring, and of course, our business is very much a service industry. But, we're convinced the area we've chosen out in the Bartlett area will give us what we need."

"This announcement by Conduit Global underscores one important thing and that's the momentum that our state is enjoying right now, that momentum was recognized just last week when Tennessee was named the Economic Development State of the Year," said Bill Hagerty, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development commissioner.

So, see you next time governor, as long as the news is always good.

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