Gov. Rick Perry joined George Schindler, President of CGI’s U.S. operations, and local political and community dignitaries to break ground on a 40,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Onshore IT Services Delivery Center here today. CGI Group Inc. (NYSE: GIB) (TSX: GIB.A), a leading provider of information technology and business process services, began operations in Belton in November and now has more than 35 employees operating out of temporary space. When fully staffed, the new facility will make CGI the largest private employer in the community. CGI’s Belton Onshore IT Services Delivery Center will create 350 new jobs, with a target of up to 400 new jobs, and generate an estimated $61 million of annual economic impact within the first five years of operation.
“Texas has always been a bold leader in new and developing technologies, and our steadily-growing high-tech economy and commitment to our returning veterans makes us a natural fit for CGI’s latest expansion,” Gov. Perry said. “The skills our veterans bring back from service are a valuable resource for our communities and our labor force, and CGI’s presence here in Belton and close proximity to Fort Hood will enable many veterans to resume their careers or start new ones, while strengthening and expanding our state’s economy.”
“We believe we found the ‘best of the best’ here in Belton. This facility builds upon CGI's commitment to Texas, broadening our reach to Belton, Bell County, and the Greater Fort Hood area, meaning more jobs and opportunities in the region – including for our returning veterans and their families,” said George Schindler, President of CGI’s U.S. operations. “Onshore IT Services Delivery Centers like this one expand our ability to offer high quality, cost-effective services to our clients on-shore in the U.S. while making it possible for U.S. companies in all industries to keep their IT operations here at home. That’s a win-win-win for our company, our customers, and America.”
Belton is CGI’s third Onshore IT Services Delivery Center. The first two centers, in Lebanon, Virginia, and Troy, Alabama, today employ a total of more than 650 employees, with plans for 100 additional jobs through the end of this year. CGI is making a $7-million capital investment to build the Belton facility.
“This new facility is a major milestone in the solid partnership between Belton, the state of Texas, and CGI,” said Belton Mayor Jim Covington. “This is the culmination of hard work from so many across the Central Texas Region, and we are excited to see it moving forward.”
“Our community's quality of life, skilled and diverse workforce and central location has put us in a great position to be a long term partner with CGI,” said Chris Moore, President of the Belton Economic Development Corporation, who emceed today's ceremony. “Hundreds of new CGI jobs in Belton will be a catalyst for economic development in our community. We are proud to have recruited this company and we are thrilled to see this partnership moving forward as planned.”
In May 2011, Forbes magazine named the Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood community, where Belton is located, “the No. 1 small city” for jobs in the United States. CGI selected Belton because of its access to talent, quality of life, proximity to Fort Hood, collaboration with business-friendly state and local governments, and strong partnerships with institutes of higher learning.
Today’s ceremony included the presentation of a $180,924 grant to CGI from the Texas Skills Development Fund Grant by Andres Alcantar, incoming chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission.
CGI’s Belton Onshore IT Services Delivery Center is made possible with the support of the Texas Governor’s Office, the Belton Economic Development Corporation, the City of Belton, Bell County, and partnerships with Texas colleges and universities, including Temple College, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Central Texas College, and Texas A&M University Central Texas. The center will draw on skilled local talent from a feeder system of colleges and universities as well as active recruitment of veterans and military family members, especially from the Fort Hood community.
U.S. onshore delivery is part of a business strategy to invest in small U.S. communities that offer access to quality workforce, quality of life, strong economics and partnerships with state and local government, academia, and industry.
Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is one of the largest independent information technology and business process services firms in the world. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide with approximately 31,000 professionals located in offices and centres of excellence in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia Pacific. As at December 31, 2011, CGI's annualized revenue was approximately $4.1 billion and its order backlog was approximately $13.6 billion. CGI shares are listed on the NYSE (GIB) and the TSX (GIB.A) and are included in both the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Index. Website: www.cgi.com.
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