Hundreds of jobs could be coming to the City of Bluefield, after the city announced a partnership with a California based company that services millions of people across the world.
Intuit Inc., has been assisting customers with finances for 36 years, helping people reach financial freedom since 1983 and now the company is setting up a “Prosperity Hub” in Bluefield.
In 2016, Intuit started a customer success center in Wise, Virginia where experts helped customers find solutions to financial problems.
“It was wildly successful, so we started up a second one in Johnstown, PA,” said Brad Smith, Chairman of the Board for Intuit. “It was even more successful.”
After accessing 900 different communities around the country, the City of Bluefield became the top pick on Intuit’s list, to create the first “Prosperity Hub.”
The hub will have a customer success center that is expected to bring between 200-500 jobs and an innovation lab, to support entrepreneurs, small businesses and financial literacy.
Smith is a native of West Virginia and is excited about bringing jobs back to his home state.
“I spent 22 years dreaming of a way to get out and I’ve spent the rest of my life looking for a way to come home,” said Smith. “Today is a great way to come back home.”
“It’s an enormous game changer, fantastic news for the City,” said West Virginia Delegate John Shott. “They toured the old bank building in Bluefield where they hope the headquarters for this new operation will be.”
About 62,000 students are within a 50-mile radius of the city, so the hub could encourage young adults to find more job opportunities in the state.
“Our number one export for a long time has not been coal or gas, it’s been children,” said Jim Spencer, Director for Community and Economic Development for the City of Bluefield. “It’s time to put our hand to the plow, create jobs locally so if our children leave, it’s because they choose to and not because they have to.”
The city has not officially confirmed a location for the hub or a time frame for when the hub could be open to the community.