GOVERNOR WARNER ANNOUNCES 300 HIGH-TECH JOBS FOR RUSSELL COUNTY
CGI-AMS Inc. to invest US$6 million in information technology center
Virginia Governor Mark R. Warner today announced that CGI-AMS Inc., the
wholly-owned U.S. operating subsidiary of CGI Group Inc. (NYSE: GIB, TSX:
GIB.SV.A), will invest US$6 million to open a software development and systems
integration facility in Russell County’s Russell Regional Business Technology
Park. CGI-AMS provides information technology (IT) services to the government
and private sector, and will create 300 new jobs within 30 months.
“This is an unprecedented announcement for the coalfield region,” said Governor Warner. “CGI-AMS is offering the kind of jobs that will truly transform the region’s economy. The company will bring 300 jobs that provide above average wages and great benefits to qualified employees who are ready to work. I congratulate everyone involved in bringing this outstanding project to the Commonwealth. In terms of salaries and number of jobs, it’s the best announcement in a decade for Russell County.”
CGI-AMS Inc. is the wholly-owned U.S. operating subsidiary of CGI Group Inc. Founded in 1976, CGI is among the largest independent information technology and business process services firms in the world. CGI and its affiliated companies employ approximately 25,000 professionals. CGI’s annualized revenue run-rate is currently US$3.0 billion and at June 30, 2005, CGI’s order backlog was US$10 billion. CGI’s shares are listed on the NYSE (GIB) and the TSX (GIB.SV.A).
“As CGI-AMS continues to expand its operations in the U.S., the Russell County facility will be a key location to support business initiatives with federal, state and local government organizations, as well as commercial sector clients,” said Donna Morea, President, CGI-AMS. “Our new facility represents our concrete commitment to developing a U.S. center of excellence with a focus on software engineering as part of our global delivery model.”
Ms. Morea adds, “We’re excited about this opportunity to positively impact Russell County’s economy by emphasizing jobs and skill sets that enable participation in a global economy.”
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the Russell County Industrial Development Authority and the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority to secure the project for Virginia. Governor Warner approved a grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Russell County with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission approved Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds for the project. The Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide training assistance through its Workforce Services Program.
“This project is a continuation of our economic development strategy to recruit advanced technology jobs to the coalfield region of Southwest Virginia,” said Charles Yates, Executive Director, Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority. “We have worked for more than a year to bring this project to a successful closure. This location signals a new beginning for technology jobs in the region.”
"Russell County has worked for several years to establish a new business technology park and has supported the completion of the broadband network that serves the Park,” said Danny Brown, Chairman, Russell County Board of Supervisors. “The decision by CGI-AMS to locate in the Russell Regional Business Technology Park in Lebanon is great news for Russell County and all of Southwestern Virginia."
For more information:
Commonwealth of Virginia:
Virginia Economic Development Partnership:
Vice-president, investor relations
Director, investor relations