General Motors says it will open a new information technology innovation center in Chandler and hire 1,000 high-tech employees to staff the new location.

The development announced Wednesday will be the fourth facility GM has opened to bring its IT development work in-house.

Company officials say they chose Chandler because of the region's pool of talented IT workers and because the state's universities offer a steady stream of new graduates. They also cited the cost of living and quality of life in Arizona.

The company will begin hiring in April and house workers in a temporary center until its new facility opens early next year. It's expected to be fully staffed in five years.

Gov. Jan Brewer's spokesman says GM's $21 million capital investment is a big win for Arizona.