CGI Technology Center bringing 400 more IT jobs to Lafayette Research Park – VIDEO
LAFAYETTE, La. — CGI Federal President Tim Hurlebaus and Gov. John Bel Edwards dedicated CGI’s newly completed, 50,000-square-foot information technology center that serves as an anchor for the 143-acre University of Louisiana at Lafayette Research Park. The $13.1 million facility, a CGI Onshore IT Services Center of Excellence, will be home to 400 high-quality IT jobs at full employment.
CGI already employs 250 technology workers in Lafayette and is recruiting candidates for more than 50 current openings. Upon full employment, total annual payroll will exceed $22 million, and LED estimates the project will result in an additional 405 permanent new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 800 new jobs in Acadiana and surrounding regions.
“This ribbon cutting would not have been possible without the shared commitment of CGI and its local partners in higher education, economic development, state and local governments and the Acadiana community,” said Hurlebaus, President of CGI Federal, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CGI, serving clients in the civilian, defense and intelligence sectors of the U.S. government. “Together, we envisioned a state-of-the art technology facility that would bring high-quality jobs to Lafayette and provide world-class service to CGI clients.”
“CGI’s arrival in Louisiana has helped elevate our state’s status as a leading destination for knowledge-based employers and the creative professionals who help them thrive,” Gov. Edwards said. “While attracting one of the world’s most successful information technology companies, we also are building research capacity in an exciting way for one of our leading higher education institutions, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. We’re delighted that CGI is meeting with success in Louisiana and that our partnership, over the next decade, will triple the number of computer science undergraduate degrees awarded annually through UL Lafayette’s School of Computing and Informatics.”
In Lafayette, CGI is solving complex business and IT challenges for clients seeking services from a technology partner that shares a common time zone, language and understanding of client business operations. CGI selected Lafayette in April 2014 after a nearly two-year site-selection process that evaluated locations across the U.S. A key part of the project includes a state-funded, 10-year, $4.5 million higher education initiative led by UL Lafayette. That initiative is anticipated to place the university’s School of Computing and Informatics among the Top 25 programs nationally for the number of computer science bachelor’s degrees awarded each year.
Read more of this story at Louisiana Economic Development. Video courtesy of CGI.