General Electric to open Providence high-tech office

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — General Electric says it’s opening a high-tech office in Providence that could employ hundreds of people in the coming years.

The company’s GE Digital division and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo jointly announced the plans Thursday.

It’s a consolation prize for the Democratic governor and her state, which last year tried to persuade GE to relocate its headquarters from Connecticut. The company opted for Boston instead.

Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor says the state is offering up to $5.65 million in tax breaks and other incentives that will make the move possible.

GE would have to create at least 100 local jobs to obtain the incentives.

Raimondo says the jobs will be in software engineering, user-interface design and other high-paying careers.

The location of the office hasn’t been announced.

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