“I will always admire and continue to express my appreciation to Dayton,” Nuti said. “But there’s something about leadership. Leadership in and of itself requires a huge amount of courage and when you challenge the status quo, and I did and I had to, you are going to piss people off,” Nuti said. “You are going to make enemies. You have to be at peace with yourself that you are making the decisions for the right reasons and take what comes with that.
“I probably could have handled, I wish I had talked to the press in Dayton a bit more about that,” he said. “So it was a good learning for me.
“Whether it was Dundee (Scotland, where the company closed a factory several years ago) or Dayton, it was tough,” Nuti said.
NCR has announced it is moving again, this time from Duluth, Ga. to the area surrounding Georgia Tech. In a story posted on AJC.com late Monday, Nuti said the planned $260 million headquarters for NCR is the first step in a grander plan to create a “Silicon Valley of the East.”
Nuti said NCR’s planned headquarters could be the start of series of tech companies that locate in Atlanta. Within five years, he expects another major tech company to put its headquarters in Midtown. Nuti also said he is “actively advocating” with other CEOs for the establishment of nearby innovation labs.
Atlanta’s economic development arm recently approved $314 million in bonds for the headquarters project that would be backed by NCR. The bonds also come with property tax breaks. The total value of local incentives is expected to be about $16 million.
NCR received an incentive package valued at up to $109 million when it decided in 2009 to move from Dayton.