In an open letter published in USA Today on Tuesday, IBM (NYSE: IBM) CEO Ginni Rometty shared the news that the company intends to hire about 25,000 "new collar" employees in the U.S. over the next four years, including an estimated 6,000 in 2017. She added that IBM will also invest $1 billion in training and development over that period.

The news came a day before Rometty and other leaders of tech stalwarts are scheduled to meet with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss the economy and (not surprisingly) jobs.

According to IBM, the letter was timed to serve as a "basis for engaging the incoming administration on how the right policies can create more New Collar opportunities for U.S. workers." Rometty made the point that today's rapidly evolving tech marketplace requires workers with new sets of skills, which is why so many jobs remain unfilled.

IBM, like many other tech giants, is in the midst of transforming its business away from a reliance on legacy enterprise hardware to focus on what Rometty has called "strategic imperatives," which include the cloud, Internet of Things (IoT), cognitive computing, data security, and mobile markets. IBM's business transition and the talent needed to ensure it continues to flourish have opened the door to thousands of new IBMers.

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