Education firm moving from Atlanta to Charlotte, hiring up to 120 workers

A fast-growing education software firm is moving its headquarters from Atlanta to uptown Charlotte and hiring up to 120 workers over the next three years.

Thinkgate, which says it works with more than 500 K-12 education agencies nationally, announced the move Tuesday.

The company is relocating its 70 full-time workers and dozens of contractors into 21,210 square feet of office space in the South Tryon Square building at 201 S. Tryon St.

The company, which already has an operations center in Huntersville, expects to hire from 75 to 120 new employees in the next three years in mid- to executive-level posts paying from $50,000 to $200,000 annually.

The firm didn’t receive incentives for the move, a chamber spokeswoman said.

Thinkgate offers school systems a Web-based data management platform and test-creation tools, among other resources. It has worked with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Mooresville schools and the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, according to the company’s website.

A CMS spokeswoman said the firm helped create tests for local schools several years ago, but CMS no longer uses the software.

Thinkgate CEO Eric Waynick said the company had outgrown its old offices. The new office will combine all the company’s operations, from technology to sales and marketing.

“Charlotte appealed to us due to its excellent quality of life and skilled workforce,” Waynick said. “This relocation will put us in the heart of Charlotte’s burgeoning technology community.”

The company, founded in 2004, employed just 12 people in 2012 but more than doubled its workforce last year, the chamber said. It was named a top North Carolina job-creating firm in Inc. Magazine’s 2013 Hire Power Awards.